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 To Tell the Truth

I found myself in a compromising circumstance being a new Christian that by not telling the truth could have affected my career in the Air Force. I was faced with a head on decision in a time sensitive issue that I either had to come away clean or lie and compromise my witness for the Lord. Read the story below and see what the outcome was.

                                                                                                                      

I slumped in the airport chair, wondering why I had to pick this time to come clean. I had just made the (unpopular decision with my family) to become a Christian. Thump! Thump! My heart was shouting at me beating wildly out of my chest. My hands were wet with sweat and my mouth dry from my nerves getting the best of me.  “Airman Mancini get in here.” “Coming sir” He waved me to sit down in the chair. “Why did you want to see me?”  I just met my friend Jesus and I have to tell you the truth about my joining the Air Force. I joined under false pretensions I said. Scratching His head, he stared at me in disbelief as if to say it is a little too late for that now isn’t it. I thought it was never too late to tell the truth.

A few months earlier my recruiter told me to lie on my application that I had never taken drugs. I argued until the sun went down but to no avail. Telling him every reason under the sun why I could not lie about my past. I know God would not smile on this lie. I wondered if God would still love me for lying like a fool on this application. The sergeant recruiting me into the Air Force said He would take the fall if this lie came back to haunt us.  So I told this all to the officer who sat in front of me. I went on with my tale; I took LSD and smoked a lot of marijuana in my earlier years. “How old are you ?” “Eighteen.”

You sure are thin and scrawny. Are you underweight from all that drug use?’“ Nope this is my usual weight.” He asked me why I waited until now to tell the  truth about my past drug use. “Being a new Christian I need to be honest about myself and my past.” “You know this will get you kicked out of the Air Force before you ever start your career in it?” “This is a serious offense lying on your application like this.” “I know that sir, but I know God wants me in the service He will work this out for me.” “You sure have a lot of faith for a new Christian.” Sit here I need to call your recruiter on the rug for making you lie on the application and find out what in the world he was thinking.

I twirled and twirled around endlessly in that chair until he came back into the room. I stared at him with two big, brown saucers.  “Your recruiter denied knowing anything about your prior drug use and said he never forced you to lie on the application. I believe you and I think your recruiter is lying through his crooked teeth. There is no way I can kick you out of the Air Force now because too much money and time have been invested in you so far. Welcome to the service son and it took a lot of guts on your part to come in here and tell me the truth like that. Well the best to you. Those pretty, long, brown curly, locks will be mowed off your head when you arrive in San Antonio, Texas for boot camp. Welcome to the Air Force airman. I commend you for coming forward and telling the truth before you went any further.

I sprinted out of that room and threw myself down on that airport chair like a wet rag. I let out the biggest breath I could and I looked like a deflated ball. I was never so scared and relieved at the same time. I had started my Air Force adventure. This was only the beginning of troubles for me…

“Then you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

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