For many years Sam Rayburn was a Congressman from Texas and long time speaker of the House of Representatives. A congressional office building is named for him.  He was widely respected for his honesty.  He once said, "I don't remember what I say.  I don't have to."  What a burden it is for the dishonest person to have to remember what he said and to whom he said it.  Those who always speak the truth have no such burden.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.