Throughout my life I have made it a practice to count among my close friends several men who were some years my senior. I have gleaned much from their experience and wisdom. Most of them have moved on to their eternal rewards as the years have passed by. One of these men who I didn’t get to know until his dying days was Jack Evans. This successful CEO of a major corporation and former mayor of Dallas, Texas, lifted me up each time I was with him. Jack coined a saying that still hangs on wall plaques in the offices of many business leaders in Dallas as well as my own. His often-repeated expression is, “You have what you tolerate.”
I thought about Jack Evans when I sat down to write about the old and familiar story of the three Hebrew young men who stood true to their personal convictions yet ended up in a burning fiery furnace because they refused to tolerate their culture’s pressure to worship a false god.