character defined

A few months ago I tried to wrestle with the definition of character, especially in the context of the Jesus follower and church discipline. What I came up with over two posts (one and two) Dustin Hoffman said in one sentence to me last night through his character, Louis Dega, in the lame 1973 movie, Papillon. He said, "Temptation resisted is the true test of character."

The movie says it's based on a true story, but the publisher of Papillon admitted it was originally submitted as a novel. Another "autobiographical" best seller which suffered from truthiness. Only in a false autobiography does the hero get to live on a tropical beach in a primitive village with topless, pearl diving maidens for a few months while on the lam. That was the big tip off, the part of the story that could never be veriified, but had salacious entertainment.

Papillon (film)Image via Wikipedia

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