The Difference Between Values And Principles
April 17, 2002
by Dennis Lombard
George W. Bush is a good Christian man who has good values, but that is proving less than adequate in our unprecedented world situation right now. The deeper we get into this Mid-East quagmire, the more I understand the misgivings I had at election time 2000. I had no doubt he was a competent politician and good man but I felt we needed more than that in times such as this. We needed a statesman.
But what is the difference, you may ask - between values and principles, between politician and statesman?
For example, you may love good classical music - thats a value. You may be a world-class violinist who has devoted your life to your music. Your values become a principle you live by, would even die for.
You may love thrash rock music, that is a value, not a very good one, and far from being a principle that you live by. Well, you may become so addicted to thrash that you would die for it, and that looks like principle but is only borderline insanity. You may be a lover of fine wines, as the telemarketer who keeps calling me says. That can be a value - unless you love wine so much that your life becomes unmanageable. Then youre ready to call the AA phone number.
Lets play that game in international politics. Lets ask some values questions:
Let us pray for our troubled president. Hes a good Christian man with good values and he needs wisdom and courage and principle beyond himself. If we pray, God will help him be the statesman that these times need, Gods man for the hour.
Prayer is a principle I will stake my life on.
© 2002 Home Times Family Newspaper
Dennis Lombard has been a community newspaper editor since 1972, and is currently editor and publisher of Home Times Family Newspaper, a traditional conservative monthly which he founded in 1990. He resides in Lake Worth, Florida with his wife, Mary, and they have seven children, 13 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Home Times, soon going weekly, serves Palm Beach and Martin Counties in Florida and the nation by mail subscription, covering world, national, and local people and issues, home and family, arts and entertainment, and religion, all with a traditional conservative worldview. For a free copy call toll-free: 888-439-3509 or go to http://www.hometimes.org.
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