Black and White

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“What is truth?”- Pilate

‘Speak your truth’ is a popular invitation in this day and age, and most people are happy to oblige. However, I wonder if this secular trend is creeping into the Christian worldview, blurring how we receive and process the teachings and work of Jesus Christ.

I always appreciate the people in my life who call a spade a spade. I know where I stand with them, and if they are for me, I have no need to fear how they deliver their observation of the spade. Truth, when spoken out of a relationship in love is refreshing and life giving.

The trouble with speaking our truth is it leaves out an important factor- God. It is our ‘truth’, our opinion and our perception, all tainted by our prioritising of what is important to us and our immediate world. Of course, speaking our truth needn’t be something negative, but we are susceptible to the world’s way of thinking when we make it the ultimate truth in our lives.

I’ve lived long enough to know that truth is not just black and white. It is not always obvious to the human logic and sensibilities. Sometimes truth is a vibrant shade of yellow that alarms and challenges us, it stands out so we cannot ignore it.

As followers of the Christ desiring to bring light and life into every place we tread, it is imperative that we recognise our position as truth bearers.

We are carriers of truth.

I have witnessed believers engaging zealously in philosophical and intellectual religious debates with other believers. And I have also witnessed the fallout which occurs after these debates; confusion, anger, hurt, self-righteousness, justification, pride and slander.

Love is nowhere to be seen. It is a clanging symbol and sounding brass in the ears of the Almighty.

These things ought not to be.

We’ve missed it. While these debates within the church are raging, those without the knowledge of salvation and saving grace continue on oblivious of their eternal destiny.

What is truth?

‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’- John 14 v 6

The boundary lines of truth in society are becoming unrecognisable. One of the biggest impacts we can have as a body of believers is to recognise and cling to truth.

Truth is not a thing, a state of mind or a concept… it’s a person; Jesus Christ. Let us cling to Jesus as our very lives do depend on it.

There is a battle for truth in every sphere of influence today, and a hunger for truth like never before in history.

5 year olds need to know truth, 15 year olds need to know truth, 50 year olds need to know truth and 95 year olds need to know truth.

Let the debates rage, let the philosophers philosophise, let ‘Christians’ attack each other if they choose to. We decide for ourselves which truth we will pursue and hold fast to. I know who I’m choosing….

‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’– John 8 v 31-32

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