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My Dilemma

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Before I had even heard of the Internet, I wrote in the Introduction to Waiting for your Ministry:

    I have a nose for a good story (Iím told you could write most of War and Peace on it). So to add interest and substance, I cite the stories of nearly three hundred women and men. Each person was selected because a facet of their lives exemplifies a valuable principle. It is not an endorsement of their ministries or doctrine. Some are not even Christians. I take my lead from Godís book, crammed with accounts of idolaters and shabby saints. The Holy Book invites us to feast on Solomonís wisdom without partaking of his folly; to see divine power and mercy in the story of Jonah, the cold-hearted wimp; to be proud of David the giant-killer and ashamed of David the adulterer.

Since then Iíve sadly been reluctant to mention any well-known Christians. This is not because I do not admire them (although I know none of them well) but because, like Jesus himself, even the godliest person has his/her slanderers. Regrettably, some Christians get confused by this and end up feeling offended at the very mention of their name. When God requires boldness, I hope I rise the occasion, but stomping on peopleís sensitivities is not my style.

So if ever in my writings I refer to people outside the Bible it is my attempt to add interest, not an unequivocal endorsement of those I mention. There is but one Judge and I have no desire to usurp him.

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