Life Notes—August 9, 2012
“We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:14-16
Truth in Love
“You can’t handle the truth!” Col. Nathan R. Jessup, from A Few Good Men
“Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.” Mahatma Gandhi
“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” Elvis
One more ‘truth’ quote, one I heard often as a child being taught to be truthful, “The truth sometimes hurts.” I was often around trouble. Nothing terrible, mind you, just regular, little-boy types of trouble. Of course, it was never my fault—I just hung with an ornery crowd. And when we got caught I would protest loudly and mostly truthfully, “But I didn’t do anything!” The lesson, which managed to escape me until years later, was that passive observers are as guilty as active participants.
Distinguishing what is true is particularly challenging during an election season. Both sides try to convince us the truth is the opposite of what the other side says. But the truth cannot be found in the exclusion of one side. And Jesus was very clear that Truth is not of the government. If we are to believe the drone of the politicians, our salvation lies with them and their party. But the Truth is so much simpler, yet so incredibly more complex. The Truth is that we are one body and if a single member of the body is ill, the entire body suffers. We can argue ourselves silly about whether the best course of action for the poor is a redistribution of wealth or the creation of employment opportunities for all, or some point on the continuum between the two. But that begs the underlying Truth that the health of the Body is not the responsibility of the government. It is my responsibility. When we seek Truth outside our own skin we have looked too far.
Certainly, political elections matter in the affairs of the government. But in matters of Truth, what matters is within. It is where we connect with God that matters, where healing and hope reside. It is where the Truth builds the Body up in love.
Tom returns to preach downtown this Sunday, where Life worship is at 10:00 AM in Brady Hall, traditional worship is at 8:30 and 11:00. Mitch will begin a sermon series on the Bible at the West campus, where contemporary worship is at 9:00 and 11:00.
Come home to church this Sunday. Find your place in the body of Christ.
Greg Hildenbrand, Life Music Coordinator