On Truisms

Have you ever noticed that throughout out our entire lives we tend to pick and repeat statements that seem to represent the truth as we understand it without considering the untruth that may be represented by that same statement.

When I was young, I often heard my Dad and sometimes my Mom, make such a statement and soon I began to say it also. ‘A man has to do, what a man has to do’. In the 60’s and 70’s, when foreign war was common, a young man would leave home, postpone a college education, walk away from a childhood sweetheart and go off to war. Why? ‘A man has to do what a man has to do.’ My Dad would suffer all night, be terribly sick, get up and go to work the next day. Why? ‘A man has to do what a man has to do.’

Some years later, I am sitting in a mall outside a JC Pennies, waiting on my wife, when a young man sat down beside me. We chatted a few minutes and then he said something I will never forget. “A man has to do what a man has to do.”

You know what happened then? Let me tell you. He got up, walked quickly into JC Pennies, grabbed this huge armload of clothing off the nearest rack, turned and ran out of the store and through the mall as fast as he could. Which, I will admit was purdy fast!

‘A man has to do what a man has to do.’ I will be a little more careful with that one from now on.

Well then how about another one that I have often loudly proclaimed? “God stood on the edge of nothing and created all things.” As a point of reference here is a scripture:

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring.” (Act 17:28)

Chew on that a few days and we will talk about it again next Sunday.

Pastor Alton Thornhill