Need a Speaker of the Truth

One of this year’s premier commencement speeches has the rapt attention of the media.

Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, a graduate of Catholic schools and Xavier University, will speak at the Catholic University of America’s graduation ceremonies, even after several professors protested his appointment.

A letter from several university faculty members complained about Boehner’s budget which supports cuts in spending for several programs that benefit the poor. According to the letter, the professors charged, “a proposed 2012 budget Boehner steered to passage in the House of Representatives cuts Medicare, Medicaid and social welfare programs while carving out $3 trillion in new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.”

The Speaker, a skilled politician, will probably please his listeners and make some noteworthy pronouncements for reporters. In my opinion, however, he probably won’t give graduates good advice for true success.

The best advice they could receive would be to read the truth of the Bible and obey its commands. Obey the gospel and start living faithful lives would be the most important information these graduates could ever get.

Worldly wisdom demands students hear jokes, stories and an emotional appeal. Of course, the world by wisdom knew not God (1 Corinthians 1:21). Worldly wisdom killed the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8).

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Speaker and all other speakers at commencements all over the world  would give graduates what is really needed for a successful life?

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