Last night I heard a graduations speech that quite frankly was amazing, given to whom the speech was addressed, and the audience that was listening.
The speaker told the story of two young soldiers that were guards in front of a government building that applied taxes upon the population. A crowd gathered, and began taunting and threatening the soldiers. Seven other young soldiers came in support, but the crown grew to over 400 people that began to take up rocks and stick, crowding in on the nine soldiers that were just trying to do their jobs. During the attack, a gun shot occurred, and when the dust cleared three citizens were dead, and the soldier were accused of murder.
This event happened in Boston in 1770 CE. Only one person came forward to defend these soldiers, and that person was one of the leaders of the insurrection that precipitated the tragic events of that day. His name was John Adams.
In court, Adams opened with this sentence;
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770
US diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)
The seven soldiers were acquitted in a colonial court, against the odds.
Facts in evidence must trump the passion of the moment. Jake told his students that life would present to them many challenges to their current way of thinking, and that they must be able to discern fact from fiction to make good decisions. Jesus said the same thing when He said, "See to it that no one deceive you" (Matt. 24:4).
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