Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

TOLERANCE –A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Contributed by Ron Wallie
Husband and Father of Eight, Southington, OH

January 16, 2002


George Beverly Shea, well-known singer and soloist at the Billy Graham Meetings, was once describing the respect and toleration displayed by his mother. She was a Christian who never spoke an unkind word about anyone. Never! One day, some people who knew her were trying to see just how tolerant Mrs. Shea was. They thought of someone with the worst character imaginable — the devil. Then they asked her this question: “What do you think about Satan?” Mrs. Shea thought for a moment and replied, “I admire his perseverance.”

Mrs. Shea’s respectful and tolerant behavior continue today as an encouragement and model to be imitated. She was like Michael the archangel who did not rail against the devil (Jude 9). Mrs. Shea’s admiration and respectful response illustrates the way to tolerate the lowest character without endorsing the character’s actions.

[Editor’ note: George Beverly Shea (1909 – ) began singing for Billy Graham in 1943 on the radio program “Songs in the Night”. He has been the musical mainstay in Graham crusades since their inception in 1947, and vocalist on the weekly “Hour of Decision” radio broadcast since 1950. Every hymn Bev sings is a testimony to the saving power of Jesus Christ and to Shea’s faith in Him. He is often called “America’s Beloved Gospel Singer”. He has composed numbers of songs (including “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and “The Wonder of It All”), sung hundreds of concerts around the world, recorded more than 70 albums, received ten Grammy nominations, and been inducted into both the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and the Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame.]



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