Now that prayer failed, and the Crystal Cathedral is in bankruptcy, the higher-ups are scrambling to keep that monument to deception going. These people have whined to the press for a while now about how
"Tough times never last; every storm comes to an end. Right now, people need to hear that message more than ever." ~~~Sheila Schuller Coleman ( dtr. of Robert Schuller )
(Tough times never last? Tell that to the countries where, since time began, have struggled to achieve even a level of sub-poverty )
What sticks in my craw (Grandpa's phrase) is how they had put the paying of ills to the vendors on the back burner... meanwhile the cogs of the Chrystal machine just kept turning, keeping the status quo, for the most part.
Quoting Jim Penner, a church pastor:
"What we're doing now is we're trying to WALK WHAT WE PREACH"
....Hmmm.... Was it the lawsuits against them that lit a fire under that "walk?"
When Berry died in 1835, he left considerable debt, and because Abe and Berry were partners, Abe became responsible for Berry's debts as well. $1,100 was a large sum in 1835, equivalent to $25,000. in today's dollars.
It was very common in the early 1800's for debtors to skip out on their debts, escaping their creditors in the middle of the night. But Lincoln stayed, telling every single creditor that they would be paid, and with interest.
This man stayed who had read Thomas Paine's "The Age of Reason," who was looked down upon by the Religious in Springfield...refusing to vote for him, because he was thought to be a heathen. He eventually paid back every penny, thus earning him the nickname "Honest Abe".
I would say that Abe walked that walk, never preaching to anyone on how they should live....but instead served us with an example of how HE lived.