Q: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God? <pause> A: Hmmm, maybe. What are we talking about, I mean I need some context here before I swear.
Ok, I do not believe this type of answer would fly well in a court of law. Truth is truth, and I should not be afraid of the truth. Right?
Well how about outside the court of law where I do not have to swear on a bible? Can I fudge or tweak the truth so it does not look so blessed incriminating? I mean to say.. that check is really in the mail.. almost. :)
What about when asked a question but I do not believe they really want to hear the truth? She asks: Are these pants too tight? He asks: How do I look?
For all of the above and more truth in love is a beautiful thing. Truth is not always convenient, and it may sting a little or A LOT, but avoiding the truth will not make it go away.
<insert reflective pause here>
What a horrible blog to share as we americans every year file our taxes. Of course paying taxes is an unavoidable truth, but claiming the IRS shares this truth in LOVE.. is oxymoronic.
This all brings me to the church who is called to share the good news (THE TRUTH) of Jesus Christ. To not share this perfect gospel message would be unloving to let others need to know this TRUTH.
A point of clarification: The church is not just us gathering together Sundays. Church truly is each of us in how we conduct our lives 24/7.
While the subject of truth, real deep down nook and crannies of our lives truth feels a bit intrusive it is a cornerstone to our faith. We should learn to embrace truth in love for ourselves and others. We should share truth as there is but one way to Heaven.
My prayer today is for us all to be truthful and loving in word and deed. Remember, 1 Corinthians 13 shares all is meaningless (including Truth) without love. To God be the glory.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson