Reminiscences Among The Holly Daze…
Just because truth doesn’t always make us “feel good” does not mean it isn’t “positive”.
There’s a popular notion out there that truth only makes us feel good. This is wrong. Dead wrong. It may make us angry. It may make us want to ask questions that take us beneath the surface of things to some real answers. And when we deal with it, then we may be able feel good, but not until it’s been resolved. Truth’s light often brings considerable heat.
Anyone who isn’t refusing or refuting truth and is open to it will recognize truth when it stares him in the face.
Truth stands on its own. Truth is what is. It is naked reality. And it needs to be acknowledged whether it is favorable in our own eyes or to our senses, to political correctness, or as to whether it is challenging us on the deep interior of our being where things may need to change, or it confronts us from the outer world which is often a sad reflection of the inner states of men that have created it.
Truth may bring the clarion call to attention of certain things that need to change. It may say, “I’m not an option nor an opinion.” It may tap us on the shoulder and ask us to actually involve ourselves in addressing the needed changes at their source. Certainly we can ignore it and walk away, but when that happens we’re not in the truth but in denial of reality. (And oh by the way, denial that anything is real is a big deception these days. But that certainly makes it easier to ignore truth.)
Truth has a way of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. This is one of its great purposes. It rousts us out of our little status quo comfort zones like nothing else.
Yeah, I get it – no one wants to hear this stuff, especially while we’re hypnotized by the “holly-daze”. After all, life’s all about making ourselves feel good, right? Tis the season to be jolly. On the surface. But you can bet your bottom dollar that while everyone is distracted by all the merry making that there are forces at work that are always about the business of seeing to their own advantages at such opportune times, at your expense. Forces that, by not being attentive to truth, we’ve all to some degree become complicit in allowing to establish a foothold of evil in this world.
People like to quote the idea that the truth will set you free. But were you aware that this saying has a very specific context? “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32,33).
No, it’s not just any old relative truth that makes us free – mere human perspectives, but rather the naked light of full spectrum truth which begins with the teachings and claims of Jesus Christ. Remember, He was speaking to religious people in this account, those who even “believed on Him”, people who thought they were “in” because they were good members of the local synagogue. (How very “spiritual” they must have considered themselves!)
He’s pointing to radical truth here, and how to lay hold of it. This alone makes men free. It’s not about “my” truth, or “your” truth – which are mere opinions – but about the ever expanding Jesus Christ Wisdom-Truth available to all who sincerely and fearlessly seek it, which begins through abiding in His basic teachings and growing in ever expanding understanding of them. There is no compromising this matter.
Many also like to make the claim that Jesus is simply one world teacher among many, but I can just about guarantee that such claims are made by people who have never even bothered to explore His teaching or His claims, especially up against the others. They have been instead lulled to sleep by New Age talking heads when it comes to this belief, which is as much a belief as anything they like to criticize. (I used to be part of this kind of thinking, even when I should have known better…)
This time of year everybody likes to talk about the “coming of the light”. But the fact is that the Light is also called the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He was a real person, not just a symbol of some nebulous abstraction… the Truth who calls out to us, “Come, follow Me.”
Here are a few scripture passages which will challenge the views of relative truth. We do well to ponder them these days. We do well to ponder and pray about them in their context. Deeply and openly.
“Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”…” (John 18:13 KJV)
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:6 KJV)
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13 KJV).
“…I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. ” (1 John 2:20-24 NASB)
“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44 NASB)
I find it fascinating that these are all attributed to John, the beloved Apostle closest to the Lord Jesus. Could uncompromising truth have been one of the greater reasons for that closeness and commonality?
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