Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Harsh Truth

Ever hear that phrase? What does it mean?  Shouldn't we want or need to understand truth regardless of what emotional response it elicits in us?  But isn't there more than one kind of harsh truth?

For instance:

1.  Someone may call me fat and ugly.  This is truly their opinion of my physical appearance and it certainly meets the "harshness" requirements.

2. Then there is truth that states we are all sinners, all fallen short of the Glory of God and the wages of sin is death.

Equally harsh mind you.  No one wants to hear that they have fallen short and that a death penalty awaits.  But this truth unlike the first one is good for you to understand and the other is just a persons mean opinion.  For every person that may find me unattractive there are thankfully others that would compliment my appearance.  That is a subjective truth that can change with each persons point of view.  The second kind is objective truth.  Regardless of how you feel about it, the truth remains and the only question is how you will react to it.  The Christian accepts Christ's death as a substitute atonement for their sins and though they too will die one day, they will also be raised again as Christ was raised.

That is Good News is it not?

I am currently learning how to tell the truth in love as Scripture advises.  In doing so, I have become more bold in what I will say.  But accountability is key since it can be quite easy to steer over into the subjective column.  We are not doing our fellow man any good to be mean and subjective truth tellers.  We are giving life when we are willing to tell objective truth regardless of where it lands on the PC or harshness scale.

Your thoughts?


Mr. T said...

You hit the nail on the head on this one. Recognized it as truth the moment I read it. GBU BRO!