One of the most ardent patriots in the American Revolution was John Adams, our second president. One of the events that helped spark the revolution was an event called The Boston Massacre. It involved a riot between American patriots and British soldiers. The defense attorney for the soldiers was one John Adams.

His defense was so well conceived, in spite of public sentiment, the soldiers were found not guilty. Rather than celebrate the victory, Adams thought his public career was over. Instead Adams grew in the esteem of the colonists. Why? Because he had based his defense on facts and a keen insight into human behavior. People respected the integrity of John Adams. Even though considered cold and aloof by some, everyone who knew Adams considered him a man of strong principle and high integrity.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.