~ WHILST CHATTING with an FaceBook-friend yesterday, he called me ‘courageous’. The Giant Binky Noggin swelled up more than usual, of course, and then after thanking him, I pondered what that meant.
Years ago, whilst gazing out the high school window on another rainy Halifax day, I realized something simple, but life-changing. The sun was not gone, only hidden by the closer and obscuring clouds. That we could not see it immediately at that moment changed nothing. It still illuminated the earth; it still shone in other places; perhaps tomorrow, if the rain moved on, it would shine again here. The sun was there, no matter what. Period. Shut up. Full stop.
The truth abides. And like so many of my brave blog-buddies (some on The Rebel Media Megaphone, others you see featured in my posts on the blog & on FaceBook), I think we all have a personal and most serious choice, when we learn about something, when we are confronted by truth. It can be a painful decision, fraught with fear and caution and not wanting to be unpopular or to stand out.
Go On And On
If you know something to be true, you then bear a moral responsibility concerning that true matter. You can’t unknow it or rewind (though you can deceive yourself about knowing it). Lord knows I’ve been a coward and a liar enough on countless occasions.
Yet in this day and age, when self-deception, denial, saying any old thing, and the equivalent of believing in unicorns is all the rage and accounted for as the acceptable new “sanity”, then simply seeking, loving, and sharing the truth becomes a spine-filled courageous act– for the mad ones will hate, screech, and revile you for it.
The new and highest tolerance is thought to be that everyone has “Their Truth”. Or, even worse, that there’s no such thing as truth, so do your own thing, and believe what you want, even 9 contradictory things at once. Going along with this madness is not brave, or good, or true.
The Biggest Picture
I realized a few days ago that the perfect utter truth of all things is in fact known by infinite and all knowing and all-present Mind itself, by God. He may not have ears, but he ‘hears’ the tree fall in the forest, he sees the little sparrow fall, he knows our needs before we even ask Him. Almighty God is the witness and primary actor and creator in all things seen and unseen; in secret and in public; in your living room, and on the farthest planet of the farthest star. Weird.. scary.. awesome….
Knowing the truth doesn’t make me or you always right in our assertions, or always wise in saying everything, but at least it means your eyes are open, and if the bright burny thing is in the blue space, you can say “The sun is up”; or if you paddle about in a warm vat of dihydrogen monoxide, you may state “The water is wet” that something is right or wrong, good or evil, true or false.
Our grasp of the truth is only finite, because we are– and yet, go ahead and be brave: say of things that are, that they are; and of things that are not, that they are not. Jesus said: “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no: all else is from the Devil.” To deny the possibility of knowing the truth is to deny the possibility of knowing God, or being saved and set free by him– to deny the possibility of knowing anything.
Truth is not an opinion; it is sanity, and life. And the truth is alive: the incarnate One himself– the Way, the Truth, and the Life– by whom all things were made, and by whom souls are remade, and saved, and made perfect in truth, and love, and goodness. ~
Dicit ei Jesus: ‘Ego sum via, et veritas, et vita. Nemo venit ad Patrem, nisi per me.’
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6