[forthright] Say and Do

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From: Randal Matheny <randalm@...>
Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2002 15:57:42 -0300
Forthright Magazine
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I got carried away on my Uplift mailing list and
wrote more than usual. Seemed appropriate for
Forthright, too! It's still short, so here goes
the whole article right here.)

Say and Do
by Randal Matheny

Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura accepted an
award from Kids Voting Minnesota, a youth
education group, and stated, "Did you know that
in the United States, only 50 percent of adults
vote? That's pathetic."

The governor himself is a regular non-voter. One
week earlier, he failed to vote in his own
party's Sept. 10 primary.

Do as I say, but not as I do?

But it's not only politicians, so we should be
careful not to criticize them so heavily. Perhaps
they merely reflect the population at large.

If it weren't such a problem, Jesus would not
warned his followers about those who teach right
but live wrong.

He said, "Therefore, do everything they tell you.
Obey them. But don't act as they do, because they
say one thing and do another" (Matthew 23.3,
SEB).

So say right and do right. That's the path to
true contentment and happiness.

Jesus, again. "The people who hear the message of
God and keep it are the ones who are truly
happy!" (Luke 11.28).
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News story about Gov. Ventura:
http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/3339871.html


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