“I WANT THE TRUTH,” demanded the prosecutor from the movie “A Few Good Men.” From the beginning of time, men and women have searched for truth. About the meaning of life. Whether there is life after death. How the world was made. In this quest for enlightenment, why do we avoid reading God’s Word? Could the main reason be that our Creator never sugar-coats the truth? Or, as Jack Nicholson (Colonel Jessep) put it so rudely, because “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH?”
One of the most significant dilemmas we are facing in North America is that 4,200 world religions have slowly filtered into our neighborhoods and are vying for our attention. When President Eisenhower inserted “In God, we trust” into the pledge of allegiance, no one would have ever dreamed a day would come when our courtrooms would be filled with cases of Christians fighting to uphold that law.
God, our Father, gave His answer about including other religions, 3500 years ago. “I am the Lord your God, … You shall have NO other gods before me. Exodus 20:2-3 (NIV).
“But, we argue, surely that verse is not relevant today?”
Learning to respect our similarities and our differences as a multicultural society is a good thing. However, ethnic equality is challenging to define. In the midst of this confusion, we seem to be ordering from take-out menus of religious flavors, which defies God’s Law. Being an entitled generation, we do not respond well to tough love, so have chosen to ignore the wisdom found in Scripture. Perhaps Colonel Jessep is accurate. “WE CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH?” Meanwhile, violence is escalating in our schools as we break these commandments one after the other. At this rate, no-soul doctrine and reincarnation will be added to our children’s school curriculum!
This dilemma is not new to history. The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians about falling away from the fundamental Christian doctrine. He reproaches them saying, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel…there are some who …want to distort the gospel of Christ…seeking the approval of man…If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10 ESV.
The prosecuting attorney demands. “I WANT THE TRUTH!”
“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” Colonel Jessep bellowed, back.
Jessep’s last defense is. “I run my unit how I run my unit. You want to investigate me, roll the dice and take your chances.”
Will this be your final defense on Judgment Day, as you kneel before God?
Will you sheepishly say, “I couldn’t handle the truth!” -by Lois Macdonald