Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

TOLERANCE –A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Contributed from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations


Frederick the Great was a scoffer, but his great general, Von Zealand, was a Christian. One day at a gathering, the king was making coarse jokes about Jesus Christ and the whole place was ringing with guffaws.

Von Zealand arose stiffly and said, “Sire, you know I have not feared death. I have fought and won 38 battles for you. I am an old man; I shall soon have to go into the presence of One Greater than thou, the mighty God who saved me from my sin, the Lord Jesus Christ whom you are blaspheming against. I salute thee, sire, as an old man, who loves his Savior, on the edge of eternity.”

With trembling voice, Frederick replied: “General Von Zealand. I beg your pardon. I beg your pardon! I beg your pardon!”
The company silently dispersed.


[Reproduced with permission from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations, by Paul Lee Tan, Communications, Inc., Dallas, TX, 1998, #1943]

[Editors note: Frederick The Great (1712- 1786), Frederick II, governed Prussia for 46 years. During this time he developed a poorly populated, economically undeveloped, second-rate country into a solid, well-administered, major power in Europe – a country with a strong, well disciplined military and a united people with a strong will for Prussia to be powerful. He was the first to focus on militarism in Germany, a tradition continued on by Bismarck and Hitler until 1945. He was their first symbol of independence, like George Washington in America.]



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