As a Christian I strongly believe in Truth! I believe Gods word is absolute truth. At the same time I have observed what I see as an abuse of truth in many Christians.
I believe this abuse of truth falls into one of 2 categories. The first is when we use truth to gain power over another person or another group. Basically, we use truth see ourselves as better than another person or group.
The other is when we use truth as a shield. This kind of TRUTH abuse is when we like to talk about truth but we do not use it to get “wooden” with our own sins, thoughts, and feelings. We talk truth as a way of avoiding discussing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings about ourselves. We use truth as a very clever way of changing the subject so we do not have to look at our own sin.
So what does this look like in reality. Years ago, my wife and I sat down with a couple we were good friends with. This couple was struggling with some issues the husband was struggling with. One of the things we knew about this couple was that this couple had very black and white, all or nothing, legalistic way of thinking. This was especially true of the wife…. but also true of him. This couple was at their best when they could look out their windows and talk about how BAD other people were and how BAD other groups were. Well , what do you think occurs when legalistic, black or white thinking finally meets the sin inside the walls of a marriage instead of outside the walls of the marriage,,,, well, you get FIREWORKS! I vividly remember when we sat down with them and her strong and incorrect use of the word “TRUTH!” at her husband as a way of belittling her husband. She was using TRUTH as a form of a power play. Oddly, right before she did this she told us how she was calm she was because she had the “fruit of the spirit” working in her. As she said this her body language was anything except full of the fruit of the spirit. This was her way of using truth as a shield to deflect everything away from her. In one conversation with this couple they had used TRUTH both as a shield and as a power play.
Well, anyhow, I believe the question that deserves some thought today is this:
How have we used our faith and religion as either a shield or as a power play?