Truth. It took me quite a long time to compose an introduction to this. There’s just so much to consider.
Yesterday, after witnessing my son being racially profiled and disrespected, I was left with only two options – either making an impact for my son or making an impact on the world.
“I chose my son.”
Right in the grocery store, my son approached the opposite side of the freezer and a man who was already alone in the aisle, looked at my son with so much hate. As he shook his head, he violently grabbed his cart and darted away. We met with the man again upon checking out and he made publicly clear that he was threatened by our presence or perhaps even, our existence.
“My son looked at me and all I saw was hurt in his eyes. It was his very first experience at only 13 years old.”
As a mama, a parent, I felt a flood of emotions. Oh, the things I wanted to say and do!!! But I had to first acknowledge who was looking and how they mattered. I suddenly felt compelled to simply pray for the man – that his heart would change.
Unfortunately, my sons have not been raised with their father. He’s alive, capable and has chosen to be absent. But fortunately, my sons are blessed and have been raised with the opportunity of seeing and experiencing positive male figures in their lives. Their uncle, pastors, and leaders in our church, teachers, and coaches. Most importantly, they have and know of The Father above who comforts them.
This is where truth comes in.
I could write about racial inequality, racial profiling, injustice, inaccurate representation, our President, what’s lacking in society, etc.; but that isn’t the root of the issues we face today.
We all see the issues going on in this world with politics, with our environment and with the society around the world. We talk about them in private and in public. More and more these issues drastically impact an area in our lives personally and indirectly. One thing for sure, we are witnessing a multitude of levels where people are so enmeshed in the chaos, that it complicates, confuses and corrupts relationships.
If a side is picked because of an opinion, what then is its foundation? What is Truth?
I looked at several popular dictionaries including Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and Oxford. The definition of truth from a variety of these reputable sources, and the like, is largely defined as, “The quality or state of being true”.
I don’t know about you, but that didn’t answer what truth actually is, in order to determine it’s state of being true. Confusing right?
In digging further, I found an interesting contrast to consider – to first note what “truth” is not.
It shared the following:
Truth is not –
- simply whatever works. This is the philosophy of pragmatism – an ends-vs.-means-type approach. In reality, lies can appear to “work,” but they are still lies and not the truth.
- simply what is coherent or understandable. A group of people can get together and form a conspiracy based on a set of falsehoods where they all agree to tell the same false story, but it does not make their presentation true.
- what makes people feel good. Unfortunately, bad news can be true.
- what the majority says is true. Fifty-one percent of a group can reach a wrong conclusion.
- what is comprehensive. A lengthy, detailed presentation can still result in a false conclusion.
- defined by what is intended. Good intentions can still be wrong.
- how we know; the truth is what we know.
- simply what is believed. A lie believed is still a lie.
- what is publicly proved. A truth can be privately known (for example, the location of buried treasure).
“As a believer, ‘truth’ is ‘Truth.’ It is a person.”
There is an origin of everything. Language, people, things, everything… even Truth. It carries with it original meanings whether you understand it or not. We don’t get the luxury of redefining anything in a way that is convenient for us.
When we attempt to dissect language and reconstruct it in ways that suit ourselves, we do so at a costly price. We are paying the price now socially, morally, and spiritually. We have demolished moral fences without giving heed to ask why they were put there in the first place.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life”
ICYMI (in case you’ve missed it), Truth is a person. Truth is the Word and sadly, today, many ascribe their own meaning to the Word. Believers are being bullied to and convinced that their Truth is inconvenient, irrelevant and even delusional in today’s world. If this continues to be acceptable, then the reality of what was formally known as the truth, lower case “t” truth, will thus become unknowable.
As my pastor always says, “We’re not in heaven yet!” Chaos, confusion, and corruption will occur; Do not be alarmed by the troubles of this world. Simply hold firm to the Way, the Truth and the Life.
What are your thoughts? Please share them below and together, let’s make an impact!
Seek the Truth and keep it. Know the Truth and share it!