The Exciting Thing

J. D. Conley
December 9, 2012

One of the world's greatest orators was Winston Churchill. He knew how to hold an audience. Upon hearing one of his speeches his troops would bravely and eagerly march into battle.

The lawyer and congressman, Bourke Cockran, made a tremendous impact upon Churchill's oratory skills. He offered Churchill this advice, "Avoid scurrility, affections and cant, what people really want to hear is the truth - it is the exciting thing - speak the simple truth."

Jesus came into the world speaking truth and the people heard him gladly. Even His arresting officers commented, "No man ever spoke like this man" (Jn.7:46). Later, the apostles of Jesus would be accused of turning the world upside down. How was it accomplished? Not through military might, intellectual brilliance, or political maneuvering, but truth -simple truth.

In our world, so enchanted by lights, glamour, noise and motion, nothing could be more exciting than the speaking of truth, Jesus said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn.8:32).

May we as God's children always have the single desire to speak and hear truth!