Ted Turner has made mega-millions; but, unlike you or me, he's not pure and perfect in every way.
He married Jane Fonda; then divorced her.
But he did say something which keeps coming to mind as I think of the inane to intelligent armchair responses to Not One Penny (attached): "Lead, follow, or get out of the way!"
Scriptorium nuns in Maryland put it this way: "To avoid criticism: Say nothing! Do nothing! Be nothing!"
I was in an egghead program in college.
We were really smart.
But then a philosophy professor said something that has haunted me ever since: "You are ineffectual intellectuals. You are very good at criticizing others for doing anything while you talk and talk and talk without ever intending to act."
People who banter and moan about what others are saying and doing while saying and doing next to nothing for Christ's sake irritate me.
Luther said, "Good works don't make a person good but a good person does good works."
Calvin often referred to the "signs of salvation" or evidences of election.
Some relatives have asked me to stop salting and shining; saying, in effect, "Confession is good for the soul but bad for your reputation and job prospects."
Like most folks, they don't realize I'm very serious about the first thesis in my latest book which has had such underwhelming sales: "Remembering you're going to live a lot longer with Jesus than anybody else makes establishing life's priorities a no-brainer."
People who care more about vocational securities and personal comfort zones than Biblical faith and obedience cannot belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior; for if they did, they'd be more concerned about the eternal than existential.
I have a confession.
As recently as last night, I almost quit salting and shining; recalling a pastor (RIP) who confessed to me so many years ago: "Young man, there are times when I walk the steps up to my bedroom, throw out my arms to Jesus, and beg, 'Take me now! I mean more to you than anybody else! And I'm tired of being attacked for just repeating what You said!"
I can't quit.
Buechner is right: "A prophet's quarrel with the world is deep-down a lover's quarrel. If they didn't love the world, they probably wouldn't bother to tell it that it's going to hell. They'd just let it go."
Martyrdom is a spiritual gift used once; and until I play Pebble Beach, I ain't interested.
A dear friend sobered me about my call to salt and shine.
He said, "That's what a dead mackerel does."
Blessings and Love!