There is a great exchange in the 1992 movie, A Few Good Men, where Tom Cruise, playing a military lawyer, demands of the character played by Jack Nicholson, “I WANT THE TRUTH!” Jack Nicholson responds with the famous line, “You can’t handle the truth!”
Sometimes the truth is hard to handle. Sometimes the truth is messy and it exposes things we would rather not think about. And, it seems like the more we grow in information and knowledge, the truth has become something we don’t like to talk about, for fear that we might offend someone. This has led to the phenomenon where people say things like “that’s my truth,” or “that’s your truth,” as though the truth is fluid and conditional.
The truth may be complicated and messy. It may be hard to understand or even explain. It may be something we don’t like to talk about or even think about. But, it is not fluid. It is not conditional. In every situation of life, there is truth. Everything else falls somewhere between opinions and lies.
God, in His wisdom and genius, knows within us He has created an inherent desire to know and understand the truth. The part of you that wants the truth, God put that there. But, He didn’t put it there so we would fight and argue with each other over the truth, or that we would be afraid to speak the truth… He put it there that we would seek Him to know and understand the truth. So, what is truth? That is the wrong question to start with. Instead, we should ask, Who is truth?
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Jesus is the Truth!
God has put in us the desire for truth, and He has given His only Son, Jesus, the Truth, that we might come to God the Father through God the Son. There is one step you must take. You must believe in His Son Jesus, the One He sent. It’s not about my truth or your truth, it’s about God’s Truth, and His name is Jesus!
I want the Truth! Do you?