To integrate with the speaker, the requested concept for the piece is about the lies that entangle us on any given day, and the hope/peace/joy/freedom we find when we can refute the lies and turn back to the TRUTH. Although this one is basic for me within the framework of my personal faith journey, it’s difficult to write a sketch about TRUTH that doesn’t seem too cheesy. I know how many people out there struggle with wavering doubts– that maybe TRUTH itself is relative, as the world would have us believe. And let’s be honest here, the greatest philosophers through the ages have disagreed over this one; who am I to imagine I can share the spark that suddenly illuminates long-held views with a simple drama (or a brief blog) on the subject?
I don’t think I’ll ever forget how in teaching Milton’s “Areopagitica” each year, my high school speech coach would select a willing student seated somewhere in the middle of the class to stand on her desk representing Milton’s idea of Truth. Then, seated around her, the rest of the students would recognize the same “Truth” could look very different dependent on the person’s perspective (again an explanation that Truth is a relative concept, not an absolute ).
The sad thing is, it is not only our educational systems, the media, and our government who profess the validity of various versions of Truth, but many churches and religious leaders are so invested in remaining a part of our PC culture, they’re afraid to stand firm and make waves. So what are we left with? A watered down faith with no dependable foundation? Think about it! Isn’t “partially true” akin to being “sorta pregnant”? TRUTH doesn’t grow, mix with falsehood, or give us something “nice” to hold on to. TRUTH Is. Distortions and different points of view don’t come from the source of TRUTH but from the observer– broken humanity. And without it, we’re like little demi-gods who run around thinking we’re all that until something happens to shake us to the core, leaving us completely lost, confused, and scared. When we anchor our lives on work, or success, or people, or even tangible evidence/facts, at some point we will be challenged to the depths of our being!
This is the world of Pilate, the man depicted in scripture and portrayed in the film, “The Passion of Christ”. In the movie, a troubled Pilate asks his wife, Claudia about TRUTH and if there really is such a thing. Touching his face gently she responds, “if you don’t hear it, I can’t tell you.”
This is the TRUTH I stake my life on every day– God is good and He is in control. He delights in me, and will not allow anything in my life that He can’t bring good out of it.
How about you? With the absence of certain, absolute TRUTH, where do you anchor your life to withstand the storms? Puts a whole new spin on”Truth or Dare” doesn’t it?