Monday, May 23, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 5/23/16
“Why should I be willing to compromise, when I’m the one who’s right?”  (Ashleigh Brilliant)  History says that Sen Henry Clay was known as The Great Compromiser.  Lincoln said, “He’s my ideal of a great man.”  Clay ran for President but was not elected.  His response?  “I’d rather be right that President.”  Why is it that some people see “compromise” as an unacceptable word?  Read today’s quote again.  It’s ironic…and Brilliant!    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  i.e. and an excellent biography of Clay....a good legislator....but, in need of Grace!====JACK:  I wonder how he'd do as a "compromiser" in today's world?  LBJ's idea of compromise was to twist arms.  It's interesting to note how Lyndon's Texas has morphed from strong DEM to uncompromising GOP.

FROM TARMART REV:  To compromise or not compromise and stand one's ground!! A tough tackle indeed!! I'm reminded of a chart given a bunch of us young pastors back in the 70's of last century-- On the far left side, God's Eternal Kingdom and the far right, the World's Transient Kingdom. Then from right to left we were given division markers leading up to the eternal Kingdom of God with first, Fads, then Tastes, then Attitudes and finally Eternal Values that will never change. His emphasis was to determine what topics and the amount of time and effort spent on our Sunday messages.We were not emphasize the majority of preaching on those topics that were sure to pass on and fade away rather quickly from the minds and hearts of our congregation. ====JACK:  There's a stalemate when both sides refuse to move from their position.  There's still a stalemate when one side refuses to move.  Compromise depends on a willingness on the part of both sides to move.  In this world, there are some religious groups who see no truth except their own truth.  People have even gone to war over their religious beliefs...for example, the Crusades.  Some churches have given up on singing "Onward, Christian Soldiers" in their worship services.  What do you think of that?

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  Adlai Stevenson, who also ran (twice!) unsucccessfully for Pres. once said, "In America, anyone can become president. It's one of the risks we take."  With today's chaotic presidential race, it seems very appropriate!  Compromise is certainly a part of most long term relationships; a lesson that sadly, some never seem to learn! But of course there are "core values" for each of us, on which we "hold fast". A. Brilliant gives us something to think about!!====JACK:  He's one I voted for who didn't win....and the world kept spinning.  I liked the picture of him sitting with his legs crossed.  You could see the sole of his shoe with a hole in it.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Compromise....that's nearly a cuss word in some people's lives.  We had a pastor who said he would never compromise and he didn't but he nearly took a whole congregation down with him.  When one's faith or belief is involved that's one thing but to compromise someone because you believe your's is the only way is another thing.     God's word is not to be comprised but all else can and should be worked out with compromise.  Of course, try to tell the one member of the church who is dead set on the idea to begin worship 15 minutes early to the member who believes thing should never be changed.  Or to the teenager who is dead set on going to a party but the parent who thinks the party would be detrimental to their child's being.====JACK:  I subscribe to the philosophy that there are no absolutes in this world, so there is always wiggle room for compromise.  Only God is absolute.

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