Liberty – If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Truth – In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. George Orwell said that…
These are words that challenge our commitment to both liberty and truth. Part of growing up and becoming a mature human being is translating words such as these into actions that validate the commitment we claim to have made. Often characters in stories, plays, and movies say things that are profound, which means the ideas they represent get wide distribution. In the successful movie Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne in his Batman persona, says to Rachael Dawes, “It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.” It was his to response to her wanting to know who he really is. He argues the best way to know me is by what I do, which is a profound and far-reaching truth.
Who are you?
Are you someone who only talks about liberty and truth, or are you someone who does something about it? That is the question. Remember, it is what you do that defines you. As a Christian, the Apostle James argued that what you claim to be by statements of faith means nothing without the fruit (or actions) to back it up. It is what you do that defines you.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1:22-25
So in the end it is “what you do that defines you,” both to yourself, the people around you, and to God. Never forget that as your gluteus maximus gets sore on the coach.