(Here is what I fear. At my Particular Judgment, I fear Christ looking at me – nay, THROUGH me, and saying, “Did you finish it?” The lad in this clip can look his father in the eye and nod silently in the affirmative. Will I be able to? That which I COULD finish, did I finish? Will I finish?
It is good to read history and know context. No question. There is no debating that. HOWEVER there comes a certain point – and we are LONG, LONG past that point – wherein a man must stop procrastinating and dodging by endlessly discussing “who started it”, and JUST FINISH IT. When you are walking down the street and you see a group of thugs roughing up an old woman, you don’t need each person’s full biographical history in order to act, and to research and endlessly discuss each person’s backstory in that moment instead of FINISHING IT is a sin against the virtue of courage.)
Father: There are three types of people in this world: Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. Now, some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. And then you’ve got predators. They use violence to prey on the weak – they’re the wolves. And then there are those who have been blessed with the gift of aggression and the overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed, that live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog. Now we’re not raising any sheep in this family, and I WILL WHUP YOUR ASS if you turn into a wolf – but we protect our own. Now if someone tries to fight you, or tries to bully your little brother, you have my permission to finish it.
Elder Son: The guy was picking on Jeff.
Father: Is that true?
Younger Son, Jeff: Yessir. Yes he was.
Father: Did you finish it?
(Elder Son nods silently in the affirmative)
Father: Well then, you know who you are. You know your purpose.