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January 7, 2012

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Uncle Tom’s Cabin became the best-selling novel in the 19th century — second only to the Bible in sales.  This novel, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, featured Uncle Tom, a suffering black slave . . . and other stories of slavery.  It showed the shame of slavery and how fellow human beings, whatever their color, should be treated with Christian love.

Of course, some condemned the book, while others cheered the publication.  It made a profound influence upon those who were in places where their influence could bring about changes.  Abraham Lincoln believed in the equality of mankind for most of his life.  Yet, he was not able to do much in bringing about equality and the freedom of slaves — as he was not yet in a position to rally for equality.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin made an impact upon his life.  As President of the United States, he was in a position to set in motion the emancipation movement.  Many believed that the Civil War was provoked by this novel.  Legend is that when President Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he asked in jest, “Is this the woman who started this war?”

My point is not the issue of slavery . . . or the power of the Presidency . . . or any social or moral issue.  My point is that much which we do can ultimately have an influence on society.  If President Lincoln initiated action to free slaves . . . did he find courage and fortitude to do so because of the influence of the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe?

Legend reveals that he was greatly influenced . . . and she influenced much of society through her novel.  One may not have influence on the President . . . or through some publication to influence a nation, but imagine if each one of us had a profound, positive influence on just one person . . . what might that person become or do to begin something positive for society?

Don’t ever disregard your influence.  Everyone influences others — positively or negative.  It may be parent to child, neighbor to neighbor, student to student, teacher to student, salesperson to customer, customer to salesperson, worker to fellow worker . . . we do have the opportunity to give positive influence.  Imagine if those of us who are called by the name Christian would influence another person, what a different world we might see.  You may influence a future president, congressman, commissioner, school teacher, or pastor.  And all those would use their influence to help shape others or bring about changes in our society.

I know how my life has been influenced by so many, even when they did not recognize it.  One of my books is dedicated to five young men who allowed me to share their home.  They had no concept of how their life-style and spirit brought my life to understand what a life lived for God could mean.  They shaped one life . . . probably many.  I have such responsibility to do the same . . . don’t you?

So, use that influence!  As some might say, “Rock this nation!”



1 Comment »

  1. Yes, I do!

    Comment by doriswhite — January 8, 2012 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

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