Our Need to Tell the Truth and Talk Straight

Ezra Taft Benson

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Ezra Taft Benson

We now need, as much as during any crisis, the kind of courageous leadership which J. W. Hamilton called for when he said:

How much now we need a leadership that will tell the truth and talk straight, not about what is expedient or even what is advantageous to American interests, but about what is everlastingly right, and call our people to a crusade for it, and pledge America to the defense of it, so that all nations will be convinced that we mean it’ We need men who will ignore the consequences, tell the truth, and take a long chance with God.

Such leadership must not be expected merely from those who serve in high offices. This is the kind of leadership we should be cultivating at every level—among parents, teachers, students, judges, the various professions, businessmen, laborers, technicians, ministers—all of us need to join in a crusade to develop men and women who talk straight, tell the truth and who are willing to take a course deserving of God’s blessings.

Source: Ezra Taft Benson, 22 Sept. 1962, as quoted in Prophets, Principles, and National Survival.

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