INTEGRITY HAS HIGH INFLUENCE VALUE
R. C. Sproul, in his book Objections Answered, tells about a young Jewish boy who grew up in Germany many years ago. The lad had a profound sense of admiration for his father, who saw to it that the life of the family revolved around the religious practices of their faith. The father led them to the synagogue faithfully.
In his teen years, however, the boy’s family was forced to move to another town in Germany. This town had no synagogue, only a Lutheran church. The life of the community revolved around the Lutheran church; all the best people belonged to it. Suddenly, the father announced to the family that they were all going to abandon their Jewish traditions and join the Lutheran church. When the stunned family asked why the father explained that it would be good for his business.
The youngster was bewildered and confused. His deep disappointment soon gave way to anger and a kind of intense bitterness that plagued him throughout his life.
Later he left Germany and went to England to study. Each day found him at the British Museum, formulating his ideas and composing a book. In that book, he introduced a whole new worldview and conceived a movement that was designed to change the world. He described religion as the “opiate of the masses.” He committed the people who followed him to live without God.
His ideas became the norm for the governments for almost half the world’s people. His name? Karl Marx, founder of the Communist movement. The history of the twentieth century, and perhaps beyond, was significantly affected because one father let his values become distorted.
WE ALL SEE DIFFERENTLY
After World War II, a general and his young lieutenant boarded a train in England. The only seats left were across from a beautiful young lady and her grandmother. The general and the lieutenant sat facing the women.
As the train pulled out, it went through a long tunnel. For about ten seconds there was total darkness. In the silence of the moment, those on the train heard two things—a kiss and a slap. Everyone on the train had his or her own perception of what happened.
The young lady thought to herself, I’m flattered that the lieutenant kissed me, but I’m terribly embarrassed that Grandmother hit him!
The Grandmother thought I am aggravated that the young man kissed my granddaughter, but I’m proud she had the courage to retaliate!
The general sat there, thinking to himself, My lieutenant showed a lot of guts in kissing that girl, but why did she slap me by mistake?
The lieutenant was the only one on the train who really knew what happened. In that brief moment of darkness, he had the opportunity to kiss a pretty girl and slap his general.
THE ENEMY WITHIN IS STRONGER THAN THE ENEMY WITHOUT
In ancient China the people wanted security against the barbaric hordes to the north, so they built the great wall. It was so high they believed no one could climb over it and so thick nothing could break it down.
They settled back to enjoy their security. During the first hundred years of the wall’s existence, China was invaded three times. Not once did the barbaric hordes break down the wall or climb over it. Each time they bribed a gatekeeper and then marched right through the gates.
The Chinese were so busy relying on the walls of stone that they forgot to teach integrity to their children.
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Stories: Developing The Leader Within. John C Maxwell