The Buck Stops Here
Everett PiperDr. Piper is the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Associated with Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint and Centurions programs, Dr. Piper is the author of "Why I am a 'Liberal' and Other Conservative Ideas" http://www.whyiamaliberal.com/. He has also authored "The Wrong Side of the Door: Why Ideas Matter. Piper is a frequent speaker on Christian education, Biblical worldview, and applied apologetics in both regional and national venues. For more information go to www.okwu.edu or go to www.everettpiper.com .
- 2011 Feb 14
Can one man change the world?
Can one man make a difference?
Well, in1863 one man named Abraham Lincoln told the people of Gettysburg that our "nation, [was] conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…" and the world changed.
In 1941 one man named Winston Churchill told the citizens of United Kingdom "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in…" and the world changed.
In 1963 one man named Martin Luther King Jr. told the citizens of the United States "I have a dream that … one day [we will] live in a nation where [we] will not be judged by the color of [our] skin but by the content of [our] character…" and the world changed.
In 1789 one man named William Wilberforce told the British Parliament "God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners (morality)…" and the world changed.
The list goes on.
The 56 men who in 1776 said "We hold these truths to be self-evident..."
The man named Kennedy who said, "Ask not what your country can do for you…"
The man named Reagan who said, "Tear down this wall…"
The man named Moses who said "Let my people go…"
The man named Paul who said, "Love is patient, love is kind… love never fails…"
The next time you are tempted to say it doesn't matter what you do because one man can't change anything, think again. Remember movements often start because of the convictions of just one man who says I don't care what anyone else does I will "never give in" because "the buck stops here."