Absolutes and Compromise

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


In 1944 when Henry Kissinger was a private in the army, he met another private. Like him, the other man was a refugee from Germany. But Fritz Kraemer was 38 and had two PhDs. Henry was 19 and had two years of night college.

Fritz became Henry's mentor and gave him some life-changing advice. He said, "Where there are no absolute values, there is spiritual emptiness. The worst thing about a loss of faith is not that someone has stopped believing something, but that they are ready to believe anything."

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Henry Kissinger, the statesman, believed in absolutes and worked for compromise; reconciliation demands both … in the high calling of our daily work.

My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

(Prov. 3:21-24)