“We can’t be both.”
But this isn’t any old story.
Bradlee wants to publish a story unmasking years of cover-ups by the US government over the Vietnam War.
It’s high risk. If published, the full force of the US government could come crashing down on the (then) local newspaper.
So Bradlee and Graham have a choice. Are they news people committed to the truth? Or are they friends with those who want to hide it?
They can't be both.
The biggest news story
In four words, Bradlee gets to the heart of the question facing a newspaper about to break a big news story. But he also gets to the heart of the question facing us with the biggest news story.
Bradlee's story revealed a government’s lie about a war. The gospel exposes the world’s lie about life itself.
We have been given that story. The story that we're far worse than we ever imagined, but in Jesus, God loves us far more than we could ever dream.
It’s our task to publish this story far and wide. Paul put it like this:
“I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.” Romans 1:14-15
We're either people committed to truth, or friends with the one who wants to hide it. But we can't be both.
Bradlee knew who he was.