You Want Me To Be Honest, don’t You?

Posted: 25 March 2016 in On the Pilgrim's Road, Understanding Others
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Pilate+JesusShe turned and looked right in my face. “You want the truth, don’t you?  You want me to be honest, surely?” This week, in Holy Week.  The issue was trivial, but the question echoes, especially on Good Friday.  Not easy to find a polite answer to the question.

And yet, within three hours I was on a long distance phone conference to Haiti saying “let’s be honest her, is the engineer really going to turn up? We need to be realistic. Truthful.”  Was I serving up the same thin soup with bitter aftertaste, which I had been served in the morning?  I sincerely hope not.  But how things are understood over the poor phone lines, spanning languages and cultures can be another matter.  How would a listener distinguish between a passive aggressive slither of truth, from the second serving that might be just as undigestible?  The answer is simpler that I thought at first

“What is truth?”  This is a Good Friday question.  Roman Governor Pilate is responding to a statement made by his prisoner. Jesus said, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’

Everything that is truly true fits into a bigger perspective.  And then into bigger perspective still.  And for believers, into the character of God as demonstrated in Christ, which in turn fits into the very character of God beyond.  Even for the non-believer, this is still a useful principle.  Tiny tiny “truths” fit into a context that is a larger truth.  SO: does the larger context confirm something as true, or not?

The clash at work? The conference call pressure comment- which was nearer the truth? It  depended on the larger context. Was it point scoring? Was it about seeking understanding? Or just anxiety projection, etc, etc.

“What is truth?”  The Good Friday question remains. Francis Bacon noted “What is truth, said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer”.  Am I waiting for the answer?

Bill

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