I wrote a Conquest about this for you years ago, but I'll just repeat it, to let
you see the difference then and now, in how the Press handles news so differently today....
was News Director at my alma mater, Arkansas State, and the band got an invitation to be in President Kennedy's inauguration,
and I was included, to take pictures and get a story of the event.
day before the ride down Pennsylvania Avenue, about a 12-inch snow hit Washington D.C., and it tied up traffic completely.
I still remember that night when the Presidential Ball was to be held...seeing ladies in their beautiful gowns, sitting dejectedly
on stairways at our hotel...unable to get to their inviation of a lifetime. Of course, the "Ball" is plural, because
several are always planned all over the city, so lots of people can say later that they "were at the President's
Ball." And he races from one to the next, so all can speak the truth.
next day was glaring white from the huge snow. On the podium were the Lyndon Johnsons, outgoing President Eisenhower and Mamie
and other famous people, even including Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, and poet Robert Frost, who was to take part in the ceremony.
He started his writing, stumbled and started again, and finally said, "I can't read this," and sat down.
The ceremony continued without a hitch, and here's the part I want you to get: I saw nothing in the papers
nor on TV, about the glitch. The Press had respect. And I think what a field day they would have about it now, when it seems
that nothing is sacred.
Yes, it's a different world today, and God is used
as a curse word, and Sunday is just a day off for so many folks. And comedians and newsmen will go back to a person's
youthful error, to find anything to use for a laugh or a dig.
Part of the Christian
life is to put away such feelings...to be nice instead of nasty...to pray instead of to poke fun. The fact is...Christians
are just people who have decided to live a clean life, and to be part of the cure instead of the problem. Believe that Jesus
is the Christ, have genuine sorrow for past sins, and to turn from them. That's not the perfect person; that's theChristian.
The best advice I can give is, if you haven't already, to give your life to Him.