Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prayer #42: Button Your Lip

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." {John 8:32}

But does it?

Prayer #42: Button Your Lip

Truth is subjective. Could be fact. Could be fol de rol. Could be a reachable conclusion, or a pleasant rhetorical trope.

Free's the same way. Does that mean inexpensive? Easy? Liberating?

Or lonely?

What I want to know is, if this so-called "truth" is setting you so-called "free," how do you so-called "know" it in the first place? I don't always know when I should be honest. I'm not always sure when to be frank. And I hesitate from speaking what I believe is true because it usually stands a good chance of hurting others -- or myself.

I mean, seriously, why should I go out a limb because one lame Bible author wrote one lame quote (though it is quite catchy, I'll admit that)? Knowing my luck, I'd be fired or dumped or burned in effigy. And to complete the irony, my "truth" wouldn't make a damn bit of difference anyway.

Super. Great sell, God. Don't forget to put it in the brochure.

And let's talk about that results spectrum for a minute, shall we? Some folks are punished. Others are celebrated. Still more simply soldier on, content they knew the truth and gave power to it, if only for a moment.

So what happens if you alone know the truth? What if you are alone in sharing the truth? What if you are alone after you tell the truth? What then?

And if this all weren't confusing enough, how do you explain why truth changes from person to person? No one's wrong, and yet everyone's right.

That's not freeing. That's noncommittal!

I'm sorry, but this is too nebulous. I'd like definitions please, and specific scenarios, and perhaps some case studies and a chart. You're not getting a peep out of me until You do.

Oh. Big surprise. You're leaving it open to interpretation. How wily of you, God. How clever. Leave me to stew over integrity vs. my paycheck and which has greater worth at this moment in time while You have a chuckle on a cloud.

I said, are you having fun?? Good, that makes one of us. You know, I've heard quite enough out of You, Mister. I'll tell You what You can do with Your truth ...!

...

Oh dear. Oh dear, I'm sorry, God. Didn't mean to get testy there. I'm just very stressed, you see, and trying to ward off this ulcer and potentially disastrous tendency to overeat when upset ... uh huh. Yes. Makes sense. Ahh. I get it.

Thank you. That's very helpful.

Though, I have to ask ... how I can be sure You're not pulling my leg?

Just sayin.'

Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:50 PM

    A matter of context, Dear Julia, You know,the who, what,where,when stuff.
    This occurred after Jesus had resolved the problem with the woman caught in adultery. He was now teaching in the Temple, and trying to convince the people he was the Messiah, but some Pharisees were contending with him.
    In John 8;28 he said to them,"when you have lifted up the Son Of Man, you will know that I am He".
    Some of his listeners became believers and in verse 31 he said to those believers, if you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed. Then in verse 32, he said to them, "and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." So, we see the term is not generic, but, was strictly for these disciples.
    Jesus and his Apostles had been preaching that his kingdom was at hand. After his crucifiction, burial, resurrection, and ascension, we find in Acts 2 many devout Jews in Jerusalem for Pentecost. While they were together a miracle occurred that caused much confusion. Peter explained it to them, and in verse 36 he said,"Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly thatGod has made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ." They were cut to the heart and asked how they should deal with this. He told them to repent snd be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. About 3000 did and his kingdom(church)began. We see the believers now understand what he was saying in John 8 and they have now been set free from the law of Moses.
    Knowing the truth does not always set us free. Consider the murderer who is being tried. When the truth comes out, he will not be set free, but will pay the utmost farthing!
    "Truth is not variable"

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  2. Rachel8:27 PM

    Oh, Julia, you are great.
    And that's the truth.

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