Imagine if you will, that you wake up in a jail cell. A guard opens the door and lets you out. He leads you to a long line. When you get to the front of the line, you find yourself on a stage looking out at a vast audience. You are told that you have approximately one hour to do whatever you want on that stage. You can play music, read a book, exercise, watch TV, or whatever you want. During your hour on the stage, you hear people telling you that this is no game. They tell you that, no matter what else you do on the stage, everything comes down to one thing: during your hour on the stage, at some point, you must say the words, “I love my father. ”
If, during your hour you say those words, then when your hour is over, you may exit the stage door and be reunited with your family. If, however, during your hour on the stage, you do not say those words, then you will exit the stage door and will be physically, emotionally, and mentally tortured for weeks as punishment for your crimes.
What do you do?
Some of you will deny that there is anything on the other side of the stage door.
Some of you will postpone saying the words as long as you can, even though there’s a risk that you will either forget to say the words, or that your time will be cut short before you can say them.
Some of you will not say the words because you think your crimes are not bad enough to justify the punishment.
Some of you will say the words and then spend the rest of your time trying to get the people waiting in line to understand the need for them to say the words as well.
We don’t know what choice you make. But what we do know is that when your hour is done, you WILL walk through that stage door. What is waiting for you on the other side is determined by how you respond during your hour.
So what say you?