Helping Others Hear And Receive Truth
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing a comedian named Michael, Jr. If you aren't familiar with him, I encourage you to look him up or listen to our conversation. He is both hilarious and, if you can believe it in today's culture or not, G-rated.
As it is almost every time I interview a guest, I learned something from our conversation. And because of that, the lesson Michael, Jr taught me is alive and well in our conservative, not bitter approach today.
The difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
If you ask most comedians, they'll explain that the objective of their performance is to get a laugh. That seems straightforward enough, right? After all, a comedian really isn't doing his job if he isn't eliciting a laugh from the audience.
However, Michael, Jr has a different approach - and that approach has certainly impacted the way I go about conducting our show. He explained that his objective isn't to get a laugh while performing his comedy onstage. Instead, he seeks to give people the opportunity to laugh.
Those two things, my friends, are profoundly different. To borrow a phrase from Mark Twain, the difference in these two approaches is as dramatic as the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. (My apologies if you live in a backward place that refers to them as fireflies!)
Michael, Jr's wisdom inspires our show.
Michael, Jr's wisdom inspired me to think through our objective and approach each and every time we fire up the microphone at The Todd Huff Show.
And it led me to this: our mission each and every day is to help people hear and receive truth.
Now, some may read the preceding sentence and find it to be an incredibly arrogant statement. And, I must confess, that I do understand what those folks are thinking.
However, if you find yourself thinking that, please allow me to explain what that statement really means.
That statement isn't meant to imply that I have it all figured out. I certainly don't. As my wife and children could tell you, it's not unheard of that I'm wrong. In fact, there are a lot of things I don't know. Heck, this morning, I couldn't even remember where I put my iPad and headphones that I had been using only hours earlier!
And that pretty much summarizes the point: since there is so much in life that we do not know, shouldn't we cling firmly to those things we know to be absolutely true?
The answer to that question is a resounding, "Yes!"
Embracing truth gives us a framework within which we can faithfully operate and build our lives (and by extension, society).
I'm a Christian, so that begins with my accepting the truth of the Bible and God's only son, Jesus.
And while those two things are paramount, there are other important truths Americans need to hear, understand, and accept this side of Heaven.
Here are just a few examples:
People are created to be free and really bad things have happened throughout history when governments take away that freedom.
Individuals have the God-given right to follow their own conscience, express their own opinions, worship (or not worship) as they see fit, protect themselves and their family with a firearm, and freely express their opinions about their government, elected officials, policies, and elections.
Government is not God and, as such, can neither save us nor create a perfect utopian society.
Life begins, both scientifically and logically, at conception.
What you produce and earn belongs to you, not the government.
The nature of government is to grow, which is why it is necessary to put clearly defined limits and restraints on our government.
I believe that more Americans are taking an interest in politics and searching for truth than at any other time in the past 40 or 50 years. As conservatives, we have to be prepared to articulate ideas and persuade others to accept truth.
Will you step up and join us in filling this critically important role? Future generations of Americans depend upon our answering this call.
Todd Huff is a conservative, not bitter, political and cultural commentator, talk radio host, television host, podcaster, and columnist. He is also the founder and lead instructor of Conservative, Not Bitter University (CNBU). For more information about Todd, CNBU, or his daily talk show, visit toddhuffshow.com or download the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.