October 22, 2008

The Buck Stops Here

President Harry S. Truman kept a sign on his desk that read, “The buck stops here.” Top management takes responsibility and assumes guilt for failures.

Pass the buck means to shift responsibility and blame from oneself to another person. "Passing the buck is a way of life in large bureaucracies."

Island of righteousness: RC Sproul says that thoughts of Pelagianism are not just tangential or trace in modern Christianity but pervasive. There is a correlation between Dr Rogers' Pelagian views and his management principles. His island of righteousness flows not from grace but from a self adsorbed view of goodness. He is too good to have to deal with negative news. This is arrogance manifested in not being aware of Paul Williams' sin for seventeen years and not knowing what one-half million dollars of peoples' contributions went toward.

"What I don't know can't hurt me!" "Go ahead and do it just don't tell me!" Can a person be intentionally ignorant to the point of negligence? The person whom you pass the buck to will eventually have contempt for you. It breeds distrust and contempt.

These are speculative situations but 17 years, which can only be verified negatively by Joyce Rogers; we only have her word for it. $500,000 which can not be verified that he didn't know what it was used for however it seems consistent with his methodology. Is $500,000 a lot of money to you?

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