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Handling The Truth

How do you handle difficult truth?

That was the question of the day in our “Family Praise” (second Sunday) worship gathering at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.

It reminds me about that discussion of truth in the movie “A Few Good Men.”  Do you remember the scene in the movie where there was an altercation between the characters played by Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson?

Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I’m entitled to them.

Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I want the truth!

Jessep: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

Kaffee: Did you order the code red?

Jessep: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.

Kaffee: Did you order the code red?

Jessep: You’re &%$damn right I did!!

So, how are you at Handling the Truth?

You really only have two options…especially when the truth is difficult.  You can see it as a threat and reject it, or you can see it as a challenge and accept it.

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