“You can’t handle the truth!”
This famous line is from the 1992 movie A Few Good Men. In this intense scene directed by Rob Reiner we hear Col. Nathan R. Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson shout this five-word statement at Lt. Daniel Kaffee played by Tom Cruise. Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) has something to do with a coverup and in a heated courtroom interrogation, Kaffee says he wants the truth, to which Jessup barks, “You can’t handle the truth!”
Have you heard the term – post-truth? Did you know it was the word of the year in 2016? We live during a post-truth culture and generation. – What does it mean?
According to Dictionary.com: post-truth adjective
relating to or existing in an environment in which facts are viewed as irrelevant, or less important than personal beliefs and opinions, and emotional appeals are used to influence public opinion: post-truth politics.
In other words, seeking the truth and speaking the truth is not as important to people as how it makes us feel. This is not a left-wing vs right-wing, Christian vs non-Christian, men or women issue. This is a human being issue, a condition of our hearts.
Needless to say, the Bible has a lot to tell us about the truth. The word truth in the KJV occurs 224 times. The Apostle John is usually regarded as the messenger of love in his writings, but he uses the word truth 40 times. In addition, the word true occurs 77 times in the Bible and 36 of those are in John’s writings.
A central point of our faith is John 14:6 when Jesus observes the Passover and has His last meal with his beloved disciples.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. The” him” Jesus is answering is Thomas, the disciple forever famous for doubting. Thomas does not know the Way, but to his credit, he asks the One that has and is the answer.
As we remember the events of Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Good Friday, Easter and all it means, let us seek and speak the Truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
Don’t keep Him a secret!