Dear Friends & Peers:

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Friendship, Jesus, Life, Perspective, Social Interaction

(WARNING!! This is a loaded post. Brace yourself, because I’m about to go all over the place.)

So much of my life gets caught up in movements, in ideas, in moral values. I think it’s safe to say that most people around me get caught up too. It’s a certain religious belief, or  a sociological theory, or the viewpoint that ‘being gay is okay’; it’s critiques on society’s increasing reliance on technology; it is  “for or against” a bureaucratic society at large and in everyday life; it’s capitalism or socialism, pro-life or pro-choice, conservative or liberal, radical or moderate, Pepsi or Coke… this list could go on for a long time.

In my everyday life I am confronted with issues in our world, and a large part of me feels incline/encouraged to choose sides. In the midst of all this chaos, may I ask, who is right? What is truth? Who among us can reveal truth in a genuine and humble manner? Those are questions many (including myself) often wonder? I don’t know anyone who does not, deep down, want to know truth.

I often wish I could just be able to sit in the presence of God, and listen to Him audibly explain the mysteries and depths of his kingdom, and of the world. Most Christians will roughly say (and I’m not necessarily denying this) that the Bible emphatically explains the heart of God; and his heart/Word was personified through Jesus (being both God and man simultaneously). Jesus himself had quite a number of things to say about truth. Once he said “I am the way, the truth, the life; and no one comes to the father except through me.” Another time Jesus told Pontius Pilate (the Roman Governor of Judea at the time),”You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Pilate’s response (much like many of us) was, “What is truth?”.

Many of you know where I stand, and what things I have stood up for (if not feel free to ask). However I must confess, it is very easy for me to get caught up in day-to-day discussions (which are not necessarily bad) without keeping into account what (I believe) truth is. It’s easy for me to get into arguments with people about human rights, sociological theories, and musical taste; based on my personal opinions. And it is even easier for me to try to persuade people to believe the way I do. But what do my opinions matter? Do they really hold that much weight? Do they convey any truth? In the context of pursuing truth, how I go about pursuing truth is going to look a little different from how my neighbor pursues truth. Are all these paths righteous? That is not for me to determine. But who am I to judge how someone else pursues truth, even if it is inherently wrong? Who am I to judge is someone wants to ignore truth? These are hard questions to cope with, because it is very easy for me (and others) to scrutinize the journeys of others. We all ask the same big questions: Who am I? What is my purpose? What direction should I take? We just seem to react to these LARGE questions in an infinite amount of ways. In the context of this truth journey, even though I stumble a lot my focus and underlining goal is grow closer to God, and to know/love him better. Given that most journey’s are defined by the object or person being sought after, my journey is defined by God (Father-Spirit-Son). How I’ve gone about that journey, seeking after Him, isn’t necessarily a suggested way or anywhere close to the ‘universally perfect way’ of seeking after God (truth). I also don’t believe there is one cookie-cutter path we should all adhere to. If we are in the pursuit of righteousness (which is only attained through divine grace), and more so truth, then God will guide our individual journey’s so that we can each understand the depths of his love.

I don’t really have a big conclusion or theory to wrap this post up. However I will say this: if I am going to pursue Jesus (truth), I want to pursue it in a loving and humble way. If I have ever tried to convey my opinions or convictions in a contradictory way, I am sincerely apologetic. My heart aches for the injustices and self-righteous judgements I imposed on my friends and peers. The best way I know how to right my wrongs is to show love for the people I come in contact with from here on out. The grace that I’ve been given by God is far greater than anything I deserve; and for me to misrepresent that love Christ has instilled in me, is wrong. So whatever that looks like as I continue my journey with Christ, I can’t predict. I just know  I want to take every step with love in my heart.

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
Paul the Apostle (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

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Comments
  1. lazymuser says:

    Wow, intense blog, friend. I’ll have to think about some of the things you said some more. I’m not sure I completely get what you are saying. I mean, I think I understand what you are getting at, maybe just not completely. Nonetheless, twas a thought provoking blog. I enjoyed it. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    P.S. Couple grammar issues that made me confused, might want to search them out lest someone else gets confused. 🙂

  2. Jordan says:

    Hey, I guess more so this post is a reflection on my interactions with social movements and belief systems in my life. To be specific I have been confronted with the “Faith vs. LGBT” issue a lot in the past year, and I have a sociology class on Social Movements. Without attacking ‘faith vs. LGBT’ specifically or going into any man-made sociological theories, this post is kind of a erratic attempt at understanding what’s important in the grand scheme of things (the love of Christ), whether I become passionate about a certain movement or not.
    I’m a sucker for social movements and standing up for the less-fortunate and discriminated-against (which I don’t think is a bad thing). My downfall is that I sometimes chase an endless amount of issues without examining them through the context of the Spirit, which results in me usually coming across in as unloving, semi-prideful, and pushy. No matter what I stand up for, how I live my life, the things that I do, the God-given gifts I live out; none of them matter if I don’t show/have love for the people I come in contact with.
    P.S. grammar sucks, and I hope the additions help clarify things.

  3. Corey says:

    That does clarify things. I totally get what you are saying too. It’s easy for me to be like “yeah!” to every new movement I hear about (I don’t hear about a whole lot). I think I all want to do something worthwhile in our lives and that’s why I tend to do that. Anywho, props to you on the post again. You’re awesome for wanting to do better or whatever.

    P.S. Yes, grammar can be sucky. Sorry.

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