Behold, Thou desirest truth in my inward parts; in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6 NJKV)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32 NJKV)
Why are we so afraid of the truth? Why do we get defensive when the truth is expressed, even when it’s uncomfortable? Especially if the truth seems “threatening” to what we believe? If a bit of truth will upset our apple cart and make us realize that our “secure” world is really not that secure?
I believe that we will choose a comfortable lie that doesn’t threaten us to think over the hard truths that confront us and makes us think. We want to be “comfortably numb” (per Pink Floyd) by accepting the latest lie that’s spun on us-be it from our loved ones, peers, or the greater society.
We must be willing to accept, and tell, the truth-even when it hurts. For as Jesus said, “the truth shall set you free”. Better to be freed by the truth than enslaved by a lie. As I always would say, “Better to be hurt by the truth than killed by a lie.” Plus, the above psalmist reminds us that God desires truth on the inside, for it’s there that He/She can impart wisdom.
This is prevalent in contemporary x-tianity. We will not take the time to critically examine the Bible, nor ask any “uncomfortable” questions in church. I know of a pastor who said that he would not entertain any of the other books outside of the Biblical canon-just the 66 books alone. I know of church folk who poke fun at evolution and any theory that they hear about. We snub our noses at other viewpoints or ideas within and without the Faith. Plus, there are many pastors who know that what they’re teaching is not all true from years of study but will teach it anyway.
Maybe it’s because we’re afraid that what we find may have just enough of the truth to upset our religious apple cart. That there are other (legitimate) spiritual works other than the Bible. That we may have evolved over a 14-billion year span from the Big Bang-making the young Earth, Adam and Eve, and original sin null and void. That the Church isn’t the only game in town when it comes to the truth. That other strains of Christianity need be heard as well as fundagelical orthodoxy. Plus, the above pastors in the last paragraph are afraid that if they tell the real deal, they’ll offend and lose their members (and offerings).
I know someone out there will stand up and say, “Well, not all truth is God’s truth.” Then again who says that the “truth” we so quickly ascribe to God is true?
It’s time to tell and accept the truth, even if it’s threatening. We cannot allow ourselves to keep living lies, no matter how comfortable they may be. God meets us when were true on the inside; and Jesus reminds us that the truth will liberate us.
And that my friends, is the truth!
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