"Nothing of significance has ever been accomplished apart from prayer."

"Nothing of significance has ever been accomplished apart from prayer."

Jerry Falwell, the man that started the “Religious Right,” and once said,

“AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.” (for more quotes)

Yowza!  Never thought I would say this, but I respect this man and this is the first person on my list of World-Changers.

Let me tell you a story that Nolan, the old fella, who works at the Jerry Falwell Museum who has had 7 heart attacks due to his body’s inability to process cholesterol, told me.

Jerry had just graduted from a small, ministry school in Mississippi and was flying home to where he grew up near Lynchburg.  As he flew over Liberty Mountain, he asked someone in the plane who owned the mountain and if it was for sale.  The man told him that anything is for sale for the right price and that a man in Chicago owned it.  So Jerry flew to Chicago and offered the man, a check for 10,000$ now and he would pay the rest in 90 days.  The man agreed and as Jerry left, he told him to make sure he didn’t cash the check yet, because he didn’t have any money.

Nolan laughed at that.  He told me that the man had laughed too.

Jerry came up with the money and that is where Liberty University sits, the largest christian university in the world, and where Thomas Road Baptist Church sits which has grown from 35 members to becoming a “mega church.”  

I respect Jerry Falwell for being Courageous!  To pursue what he believes and speak his mind regardless of the opinions of others.

“There are times when every leader must do what he believes is right, even if the cost of doing that is very high.”  Jerry Falwell

I learned something else about myself in talking to Nolan and some other’s about Jerry that I want to add to the list of VALUES of my journey.  

5.  To be open to other’s ideas, regardless of how different they are from my own.

How to get along with others.  by Jerry Falwell

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~Aristotle

And I would even go farther than Aristotle, in saying not just to entertain a thought but to attempt to see the human being behind the thought.  

In talking to Nolan, I saw a little of the human being behind the controversy or public idea of Jerry Falwell and I warmed a bit or at least could really search out the positive traits of his and the lessons I could learn from his life.

“I miss him,” Nolan said.  They were friends.

One final quote to hit it on the head by Larry Flynt, owner of Hustler, a man whom could be no more opposite than Jerry Falwell.  And a man whom Jerry sued when Larry ran a cartoon that depicted Jerry supposedly having sex with his Mom.  The movie, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” tells the story of the case going to the Supreme Court with Larry eventually triumphing.

“My mother always told me that no matter how much you dislike a person, when you meet them face to face you will find characteristics about them that you like. Jerry Falwell was a perfect example of that. I hated everything he stood for, but after meeting him in person, years after the trial, Jerry Falwell and I became good friends. He would visit me in California and we would debate together on college campuses. I always appreciated his sincerity even though I knew what he was selling and he knew what I was selling.” – Larry Flynt 

Look for the human behind the hype.

Photos & Paintings of Jerry Falwell

Change your world,

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“There will never be another man like him.  Ever.”

-Nolan, the man that works at the Jerry Falwell Museum in Lynchburg

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