You Can't Handle the Truth
LTJG Kaffee: Colonel Jessep! Did you order the Code Red?!
Judge Randolph: You don’t have to answer that question!
Col Jessep: I’ll answer the question. You want answers?
LTJG Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to them.
Col Jessep: You want answers?!
LTJG Kaffee: I want the truth!
Col Jessep: You can’t handle the truth!
Like LTJG Kaffee, in the 1992 movie “A Few Good Men,” most in our day and age cannot handle the truth that without Christ they are doomed to the judgment prepared for their father, the devil. To those folks, the preaching of the cross is foolishness. More than that, it is sparking enmity between those tied to worldly wisdom and those faithful to God’s moral teachings.
The best that Satan can offer is a counterfeit to the glory that God has to offer. With God we have the “spark of life” and eternity in heaven. With the adversary all we are left with death and destruction. In the sinful lifestyles of the world there is no creative force. Homosexuality is devoid of life-giving nature. Sexual promiscuity of every label leads to disease, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, and death of the soul. Yet the world remains steadfast in their commitment to embrace their so-called freedom of choice and expression — damn the cost — damn the messenger.
In the very first book of the Bible we see the first conflict between the so-called wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God. This was when Satan, in the metaphorical guise of a serpent, convinced Eve that he knew better than God. Lies and deception are the tools of the evil one — and, as warned, those who follow satan’s lead, his children, have always been in enmity with, or opposed to God’s wisdom and Truth.
In our day, we, the Church just may be experiencing the most enmity since the first few centuries after Christ. Throughout the USA and even around the world, there is a concerted effort to strip away the influences of Christian morality. Quite often, this enmity is expressed as anger, hatred, and even violence.
The Bible tells us that before we came to Christ, we were part of the world and were blinded from the truth. In other words, we were living inside of the lie, partaking of worldly activities. After we came to Jesus and decided to give our lives to Him, we immediately gained an enemy – the devil. His goal is to take our eyes off of Jesus and he often uses persecution to distract and test us. Jesus knew this was going to happen. In John 15:18, Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Jesus was even hated by the religious people of those times. In fact, it was the self-righteous people that ultimately wanted to kill Him.
When Jesus sent His disciples into the world, He knew it wouldn’t be easy for them. They were going to be attacked and persecuted when they witnessed and shared Jesus with the people. In Mathew 10:16, Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
The beautiful thing is that Jesus didn’t leave us as helpless orphans. He sent His Holy Spirit to empower us. We shouldn’t be afraid of modern day Christian persecution. Jesus made an astonishing statement that we have to keep in our minds all the time: “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
This enmity we are experiencing is because of our belief in God. It is a consequence of your choice to be a child of God rather that exist in the lie. Persecution is a privilege. We impact others when we shine God’s light into the world.
Enmity in Scripture:
- Genesis 3:15 | And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Numbers 35:21 | Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.
- Numbers 35:22 | But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him any thing without laying of wait,
- Luke 23:12 | And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
- Romans 8:7 | Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
- Ephesians 2:15 | Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Ephesians 2:16 | And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
- James 4:4 | Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.