Truth Week 2
Demand the Truth
Jack Nicholson’s line in A Few Good Men is iconic, not only for its delivery but its truthfulness. No, we cannot handle the truth. But we should demand it because we believe in God who can do exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask or think.
The truth is raw, but it is also authentic. No one wants to hear a dire diagnosis about their health, but they want the doctor to tell them the truth. No person desires to be laid off but wants the bosses to share the truth about their company’s future.
At church, parishioners, peoples, and participators should demand the truth. At home, demand the truth from your family and neighbors. Demand the truth at work. Demanding the truth breeds accountability, awareness, and courses of action. Demand to see how the books look. Demand to know how and why decisions are made. I encourage people to start demanding to know if those who are in the position to make decisions are covering said decisions in the fervent and effectual prayer of the righteous (James 5:16).
Church, Community, and Christianity are becoming a joke because treasures are more appropriate and desirable than the truth. Christians become a laughingstock because “Me, Myself, and I” are the holy trinity instead of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Atheism and Agnosticism are growing due to the non-interest in church.1 Leadership in the country, churches, and communities wants troubles and tribulations to be quiet because they fear the scrutiny and blame that will come their way. It should! In Luke 22, Peter did not want to hear that he would deny Christ three times. According to John 4, the Samaritan woman at the well did not want to be seen. So she went to the well at noon to avoid the crowd, but she met the Christ who made her say, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
“The World’s Newest Major Religion: No Religion,” National Geographic, April 22, 2016, accessed December 20, 2018, https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160422-atheism-agnostic-secular-nones-rising-religion/.
Demand the truth at all times. Show me in the word, not your word. Demand a vision given by God and not greed. Demand leaders to stand up or get out. Demand honesty and hard work. Demand the truth about the books: laws, campaign funds, charters, ordinances, by-laws, finances, etc. Demand the truth about decisions. Most are so cautious and scared about accountability; they hide and cower. Jesus is the truth, and we, as disciples, are to share Him. Demand Christ, not Crap. Demand Faithfulness, not Fakeness. Demand Honesty, not Hypocrisy. Leadership has the right to and should demand the same from the laity, but it must be reciprocated by the laity to leadership. When we demand the Truth, we are, in essence, demanding Christ!