Can't Be Bought
Theme of the Week: Your Silent Influence
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "Do not take money from people who want special favors. It makes you blind to the truth." (Exodus 23:8, NIRV)
Dig Deeper: Exodus 23:1-9
Before Ronald Reagan had held political office, Justin Dart, head of the Rexall Drugstore chain, invited Reagan to his corporate office to discuss a gubernatorial run. Dart was in a position to raise huge amounts of money to fund a political race. Near the end of their conversation, Dart pointed to a paper sack. "That's for you," he said. Reagan opened the sack and found it filled with cash—$40,000.
Reagan hurled it at the drugstore executive. "Do you think that if I win the governorship, you're going to own me?" he asked angrily. "I don't want to be governor that much. … " And Reagan stamped out.
Dart set up a second meeting and apologized for even suggesting that Reagan could be bought. Reagan accepted Dart's apology. Then said he would run for governor, but if elected, he would not owe any special favors. "I understand," Dart replied—then he added, "I've never met a politician like you. They all take the money."
If you want to maintain your influence, be one of the honest people, one of those few who would not take the money.
Source: The New Reagan Revolution by Michael Reagan (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011).
—Pat Williams in The Difference You Make
My Response: When have I been tempted to compromise my values? Looking back, am I pleased with how I responded?
Thought to Apply: If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.—D. L. MOODY (evangelist)
Adapted from The Difference You Make by Pat Williams with Jim Denney (Revell, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, help me to admit my mistakes, guard my integrity, and always strive to be the same man in secret as I am before the watching world.
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