Monday, January 26, 2015

The Problem With Truth


To know the problem with truth we should first examine the definition:


the truth : the real facts about something : the things that are true
: the quality or state of being true
: a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true

         The problem is that the truth by nature divides people into sects, those who are correct and those who are erroneous in their actions, claims, or beliefs. By definition then, truth is hopelessly exclusive, and that is problematic.  Then of course there is the complications that ensue when "your truth" or "my truth" emerge in a conversation or debate. The reality that truth can (at times) be subjective based on circumstance, or our environment. I believe these flexible "truths" exist, but I also believe we often use this theory to defend our choices that could not be farther away from what we universally know as "good". However, this makes "truth" even more divisive, because  "truth" doesn't always respect the same parameters for each individual and/or circumstance.

     My personal opinion is that right and wrong are easy to distinguish... MOST of the time (not all).  Which is fortunate, but being on the "right side" is only satisfactory for a brief instant.  Meaning that standing by what we feel is true feels good until one can witness the cost of "being right". People it would seem, don't like being excluded, especially from being right.  Pride, and at times arrogance is the singular common ground in the midst of every debate, but there can be only one victor who ascends to the throne of "rightness". Being wrong or right is a useless distinction when both positions can, and often do,  sever relationships, or at minimum cause irreparable damage.  

So what do we do?

The only "truth" I have found in life is this...

No one likes being wrong, and in the end "being right" isn't much better.

Maybe this is why forgiveness and eradicating the false concept of "enemies" is important in the life of a Christian. Maybe this is why Jesus wanted us to be fierce administers of grace, hospitality, and mercy. 

Because in the end what "good" is being "right" if we are left all alone?


-For the Kingdom