Friday, December 14, 2018

At the Drop of a Dime

II the president knocked on a door and told a man to go to war, which if he did the president would bestow much honor upon him, at the drop of a dime that man would probably gird himself and go.

If a woman told her husband that if he didn't do a certain thing that she would leave him, at the drop of dime he would probably do it to keep her with him.

If a thief pointed a gun at a man and told him to give him his wallet, at the drop of a dime he would probably give him his wallet to save his own life.

If a man established his career at some enterprise, was climbing the corporate ladder, and his boss told him to move to such and such country and establish another branch there, which if he did the man would soon become a millionaire, at the drop of a dime he would probably forsake everything and move to that country.

Dear man or woman:  Neither the president, nor your spouse, nor yourself, nor your employer was CRUCIFIED FOR YOUR SINS! At the drop of a dime have you surrendered and forsaken everything to serve the King of glory? He alone is worthy!

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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160