The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
If it is not right, do not do it. If it is not true, do not say it.
If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a judge, and contrary to the evidence … and the courts must abide by that decision.
First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew. Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I'm not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I'm not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me.
When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.
Right is Right, no matter if it didn't come up with the desired result. Sometimes just knowing you stood your ground is the best reward.
"... Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire. If we seek first the kingdom of God, all good things will be added"
In all the important decisions in our lives, what is most important is to do the right thing. Second, and only slightly behind the first, is to do the right thing at the right time. People who do the right thing at the wrong time can be frustrated and ineffective. They can even be confused about whether they made the right choice when what was wrong was not their choice but their timing.
Once I heard a speaker tell the following story: A certain woman had long wanted to take a cruise and had saved her money to that end. Finally the day came when she was able to purchase a ticket for the much desired voyage.
As she carefully planned for the trip, she said to herself, ”Of course it would be wonderful to eat in the dining room of the boat. I won’t have money enough to eat all meals there, but I can take some cheese and cracker along for the first part of the trip, and then I can go to the dining room for the last meal. I’ll have money enough for one meal on the boat.”
In high spirits the good woman set out for the thrilling experience of her first water trip. At mealtime, after wistfully watching the other passengers file into the dining room, she would go off into some corner and eat her cheese and crackers, trying all the while not to be envious.
Then the last day arrived, and time for the final meal aboard ship. She went in with the other passengers “to eat in style,” as she put it.
It was one of life’s big moments for her, and she lingered long to enjoy it. When she has at last finished the meal, she sat patiently waiting for her check, but when none was presented to her, she beckoned the waiter and asked for it.
“Let me see your ticket, madam” said the waiter, and when she handed it to him, he gave it back with, “Madam, all your meals were included in the price of the ticket.”
Of that woman, without hesitation, we say: Why didn’t she look at her ticket? Or why didn’t some other passenger tell her she could eat on the boat?” But of ourselves what do we say?
Are we not all passengers on God’s big universal ocean liner? In our ignorance of what our ticket includes, do we, like the woman in the story, eat “cheese and crackers”?
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