SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:5-11
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8 But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
John C. Shelly shares that “Perhaps nothing garners unanimous applause among Christians more than an exhortation not to lie (v. 9), but truth-telling can be very difficult, especially if it means being open to painful truths about ourselves or about matters that really cost us something.” Shelly also offers that “For Christians who have been baptized into the body of Christ, who is the truth (John 1:17), truth-telling ought to be not an occasional act of honest speaking, but a way of life that is free to see reality, including one’s own reality, for what it is.”
I took a course in seminary titled, “Speaking Truth to Power: Old Testament Prophets.” We studied the words and actions of many of the prophets from the Old Testament and how they were called to speak truth (God’s truth) to power (the people in power and control). Many times, when God called the prophets to speak truth to power, the power did not take the messages of truth very well. I believe that this is still true in our world today. We see that across the world as corrupt organizations continue to work to hide their deeds, even in the light of evidence that proves their guilt.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, why is it so difficult to be completely honest, even with people who love us? Take some time to contemplate this, especially in prayer and conversation with God.
God of all truth and power, we want to face the painful truths so that we can be more fully alive in you. Grant us the strength, courage, and love to face truths, knowing you stand beside us. Amen.