So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
Interstate 44. Seventy miles per hour. Tractor trailer straddled across the road ahead. But I’m already having a bad day, my eyes don’t want to upset the rest of me by delivering bad news. So my eyes don’t “say” anything.
CRASH!!! Lots of damage, right? Maybe even a dead person or two.
What do I gain when one part of me lies to another part of me? Reality is reality. If I tell myself the truth, at least I can do something about my situation, even when it’s really bad.
So if we’re all part of Christ’s body/community, what do we ultimately gain when we misrepresent reality to one another?
I used to think Christianity was the best version around of role-playing and faking it. I never considered there’s a way of life that actually lives in reality.
Jesus said truth makes us free. Many religious people define Truth as a belief system about Jesus and God. Perhaps that’s part of it. But if Truth is about the bigger, imperial realities, shouldn’t it also include the smaller, everyday details?
My assignment today: Live in reality when it feels good and when it doesn’t. Just tell the truth to myself and others.