March 4, 2010

Heads or Tails

They had him cornered, these proud, self-important upholders of a religious system that had them chained by their own rules.

“Teacher,” they asked him, “we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly.  Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

But their Prey knew even the thoughts of these slickmeisters.  He said, "Why are you playing these games with me?  Why are you trying to trap me?  Do you have a coin?  Let me see it.”

Let's examine what’s happening on both sides of the coin.  The Predators know if he advises the folks not to pay taxes, they could have him arrested for rebellion.  But if he urges them to pay their taxes, they could frame him as a sympathizer of the Roman oppressors.  They salivated over their no-lose "gotcha" prize.

Both the Predators and their Prey face an “opportunity.”  Which “process” would each use to come up with their “decision?”  How would you answer the question on the floor?

Wise decisions are the result of applying the right process to the opportunity at hand.  From which well do you draw your waters of wisdom?