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Go Ahead and Join

January 26, 2012
Laurence M. Vance, Future of Freedom Foundation

For years I have cautioned against joining. I have written about the pitfalls of doing so. Yet, the criticism I have received has been relentless. There is no harm in joining, I am told; the personnel don’t make the policies, they just do as they are told and take the good with the bad. If something is unjust, it is said, then those who join don’t have to participate. I am wrong to condemn the entire organization, it is further alleged; the few bad apples in the group have clouded my vision and prejudiced me against the entire outfit.

Okay, I give up. I am weary of answering the negative e-mail. I am tired of getting cursed. Go ahead and join. That’s right. Go ahead and join.

And not only that. Encourage your friends to join. Encourage your neighbors to join. If you are a pastor or youth leader, then encourage young people under your care to join. It will build character and foster discipline, I have always been told. Encourage your sons and daughters to join. Encourage your brothers and sisters to join. Encourage your aunts and uncles to join. Encourage your grandchildren to join. Kids can even encourage their parents to join. Sure, there might be some separation from your family, but if it’s for a good cause, then the children will just have to put up with it. But whatever you do, make sure you thank those who do join.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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