October 2

In the Gospel of John, during his trial, Jesus has this powerful exchange with Pilate. Jesus says, "I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." And to that Pilate responds, "What is truth?" Has much changed in 2000 years? What's even scarier is how comfortable we have become with making the truth whatever we want it to be so that it serves our own interests. What is truth?

In modern times, I wonder if we will ever know the truth about a lot of things. Two individuals who were in the exact same situation tell two very different stories. Who is telling the truth? How do we know? What do we believe? A TV channel reports the story one way and another the exact opposite, which one is right? Do we even want to know the truth, or do we only want the truth that coincides with the narrative that we have already created? The narrative that we are hellbent on supporting, no matter what? Are we open to a truth that disagrees with the truth that we have fabricated?

Look closer at what Jesus says, "Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." If we start to look at our truth through that lens, maybe we can find real truth. We can always find information and data to support our fabricated truth, but does it agree with the teachings and values of Jesus? Would Jesus actually speak the truth that we have concocted? This should rock us because we have created a lot of truths that don't live up to the values and teachings of Jesus. We need that mirror to help us see the false truths that we have tricked ourselves into believing. We all want to believe that we are the hero and not the villain, but to remain the hero, we have had to blur the truth to make it fit. This is dangerous and undervalues much of God's creation. 

May we rediscover real truth through the lens of Christ. This will be painful, but it will help us rediscover the truth that Jesus promises and the beauty that it reveals. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: October 9, 2019 9:09 AM