When I was growing up, there was a television series entitled, Dragnet. It is considered to be the most influential law enforcement procedural dramas in television history. Public opinion of law enforcement officers was greatly improved because of Dragnet.
The lead character, Detective Sergeant Joe Friday, had a saying, which he only uttered a few times, but became the catchphrase of the show. I remember repeating this line as a youngster. While interviewing witnesses, he would say, “Just the facts, ma’am… Nothing but the facts” (I think I am adding the second part of the catchphrase, because that is what we used to say).
“Just the facts” was Joe Friday’s way of trying to get to the truth of the matter. He was all about solving crimes. What the series showed was how tedious and mundane good police work was and how rewarding solving a crime could be.
“Just the facts” or getting to the truth is still important today, even outside the realm of law enforcement. Knowing the truth is vital in solving the mysteries of life, which tend to elude us as we try to live out the days of our lives.
Truth can guide us. Truth can correct us. Truth can rebuke us. Truth can provide us with hope and peace. Knowing the truth can center a person for the rigors and challenges of life. Without the truth, life can get utterly confusing and we can get totally lost. It’s like being on the road without a road map or GPS. We will keep going until we run out of gas and perhaps never reach our intended destination.
Where can we find “just the facts”… the truth?
Jesus said, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). The truth is found in God’s Word. Jesus also said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The truth is also found in Jesus. So, the truth can be found in the written Word of God, the Bible, and the Living Word of God, Jesus.
How familiar are you with the facts, just the facts? Do you know much about the Bible? Maybe it would be a good thing to study from it. Do you know Jesus? Maybe it would be a good thing to get to know Him.
Nothing but the facts…getting to the truth.
Something to think about…