What is Truth?
This was the question Evangelist Angus Buchan, a white farmer from South Africa, asked ten thousand Tennessee men, myself included, at the first US Mighty Man Conference held this past Friday evening in Murfreesboro.
Oh you might say I should have been in shul for Shabbos, but here I was praising God, singing warrior verses from the Hebrew Bible, standing up and sitting on cue, and roaring Ahmoon! (Angus’ pronunciation of Amen) until the stadium shook with devotion. Besides, the music was better, featuring Charlie Daniels and an amazing drum group called StikYard, and the entire event was being simulcast in Jerusalem on God.tv; how cool is that?
Anyway, back to the question: What is Truth? It turns out that the answer is Jesus. Having gotten that straight, we turned our attention to men. Men are like eagles. Women are like geese. This bit of insight came from a story Angus told about watching a lone eagle—eagles always soar alone—terrorize a gaggle of geese. Watch out, ladies!
Most of Angus’ talk was about how Jesus worked miracles in his life. Like the time he was in Ein Gedi, Israel, and the wind blew and it rained. Or the time when he turned himself into South African Customs and found out he hadn’t broken any laws. Ahmoon!
I was hoping for more. I was hoping for a religion that wasn’t only about chest thumping (Angus did a lot of that) and jingoism, but what I heard was that poor people are lazy, and God won’t bless America until we weed out all other religions.
That’s when I raised my hand and asked Angus if he really meant that we should get rid of all Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’is, Pagans, Atheists, and differently–believing Christians, and if he did mean it how he thought we should do it, and if we did do it would we still be free and democratic, and if we weren’t free and democratic did that mean that God wasn’t about freedom and democracy, and—no wait! I didn’t do any of that. I just yelled Ahmoon! and slipped outside to text my travel agent about flights to Toronto and how one can apply for Canadian citizenship. Ahmoon! Eh?