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Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 10:54:14 -0200
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Buy the Truth
  by Stan Mitchell

   "Buy the truth, and do not sell it; buy
   wisdom, instruction and understanding"
   (Proverbs 23:23, ESV).
 
One night in 1972 burglars broke into a room in a
rather nondescript hotel in Washington D.C., and stole
some of the room's contents.

Thus began the Watergate scandal that finally brought
down the planet's most powerful man. I am "mature"
enough to remember those days. It is a wound that
still festers in the American psyche.

It seems that we never really got to the bottom of the
Watergate scandal. Nixon's supporters obstructed the
investigation at every step; Nixon's detractors threw
every accusation they could at him, some quite
ridiculous. What really happened? We still don't
really know.

But I remember the question the presiding judge asked,
because it cut so distinctly through the fog of
political warfare like a laser:

"What did the president know," John J. Sirica asked,
"and when did he know it?"

He was asking for the truth. Whatever the truth was.
While America bled, while politicians on both sides of
the issue played politics, what the nation needed was
the truth, no matter how hurtful. A clean cut is
always better than a jagged tear!

It's hard to make a decision without the facts. When
children hide a doctor's bad news from a parent "to
protect him," or a gossip adds imaginative details to
his "juicy information," or a sinner declines to
listen to a message from God regarding the need to
change, they are failing to buy the one commodity that
they truly need.

Buy the truth. And hang on to it.

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