What’s You’re Angle? (Part 1)

Ours is a suspicious, angry, and anxious age.

Who can I trust? Who has my back? Who is interested in my well-being? Who is genuinely for me in this world, if anyone at all?

Collectively it seems we are a wary and deeply wounded people, always on high alert. Fight or flight. Our blood pressure is setting new medical records. The needle rarely quivers below red.

In the last so many years we’ve learned to thoroughly question the motives of anyone and everything. What’s their angle? What’s in it for them? What agenda is being promoted? Can I trust them with what matters to me? Probably not.

We don’t want to be – we won’t be! – duped or played for another’s gain. We don’t want to be losers, or posers, or sad and sorry victims in someone else’s power play.

We want to live with ourselves and stand for something important. We want to know the real and unvarnished truth so we can live our lives with real integrity and a measure of peace. Give me the whole truth, we say, and nothing but the truth. But how can we tell who is telling the truth? What is the truth?

And it’s into this deeply untrusting age that you have been born.

ON PURPOSE, God himself has birthed you into the world in which you now live. This time and place have your name tattooed on it. This is your one earthly life.

The night he was betrayed Jesus stood before Pilate who repeatedly asked him if he was a king. “You say I am a king,” Jesus stated. “For this reason I was born; for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth.”

“What is truth?” Pilate said before handing over the king of all creation to death on a Roman cross.

The people of God; the children of God; the trusters and lovers of God, are born into creation to bear witness to the Truth. What is the truth, then? Do we know it? Can we speak it into our age? Can we live it? Embody it? Hope in it? And how do we, like Jesus, bear witness to the real Truth in the specific time and place ordained for us?

This is not a new dilemma for those who follow Christ. In every age, the principalities and powers preside over man-made courts and streets and systems and echo Pilate’s man-made wisdom.

Are you are king?” Pilate asks. “I don’t want to harm you – that is not my way. But are you saying that your “truth” is the authority over everything? Even me?”

“Do you not trust me?” Pilate says. “Can’t you see that I am able to save you? Think carefully about your options before you answer.” And there in the middle of all the questions Jesus stands.

And so, too, the bride of Christ stands with nothing of this earthly world to commend her. But she stands, not alone, but with Christ and his spirit. She stands as the beloved of God, offering the kingdom of God, to an angry, suspicious and anxious world loved by God.

“Look around,” Pilate states the obvious. “There is no one to vouch for you here. No one has your back. Your own people have rejected your truth. And yet you stand in this place and claim to know – better than me! – the One, True, Indisputable and Eternal Truth of all mankind?”

To which we reply…? What do we reply…? Church?

I’d love your thoughts. More (part 2) to come tomorrow.

Kim

(image by David Gray, “Scars Of Courage”)

3 responses to What’s You’re Angle? (Part 1)

  1. Debbie Lee says:

    I have no claim to any position here or any title of any importance in this life. I have only Christ. But He is truth and has the answers to all those questions. I would only stumble on myself if I tried to explain any reasoning other than what He has given me. He is life now and beyond this world. He can heal all wounds and loves more than I could say. He can be found if you bend your heart in a cry out to God and in the pages of His Word, the Holy Bible. That is where God reveals this greatest gift and friend I have in Jesus, and shows us His plan for redeeming us from this world to be set apart for Him and His purposes both now and for all that is to come. Peace and love overflow in His presence more than human understanding. If desired they can be given to anyone who is willing to ask of The One Who can give, seek for His answer and plan, and knock to open the door of their hearts and minds to let Him in, fully surrender, and receive His joy everlasting.

  2. Denise says:

    1 Peter 2:21-23 has been my “hug” from the Lord in those times when I have spoken God’s truth in love and sensed it was not received well. I love Jesus’ parable of the farmer whose “job description” was simply to plant the seed and then go to bed and the leave the results to the Lord. It’s hard to be a good farmer when you’re a people pleaser.

  3. Delia Hunt says:

    Truth

    It is my opinion that there are some who sincerely believe that the lies to which they cling are true. Then there are those who know they are lying but believe their lies are for the good of others. Those who don’t know how to discern truth. The last group lies to enhance themselves and their agenda.

    RULES FOR RADICLES spells out how to take over countries with lies and methods. This book has been studied and practiced by many in places of power today. We once had a president who was actually admired for his lying skills.

    This last Sunday the first graders began Genesis. We started in Chapter one Verses 1-3

    I explained to these precious ones that when God said “Let there be light”. It is the same as “let there be truth”. Light reveals what is real. In darkness I may be holding a rod, a smooth stick, a pen, or a pencil. When the light comes on I see it is a candle.

    Jesus said….I am”The Light of the world. “I am the Truth” He not only reveals truth by His Light He Is Truth

    Oswald Chambers said “Our Lord trusted no man; yet he was never suspicious, never bitter, never in despair about any man, because he put God first in trust; He trusted absolutely in what Gods grace could do for any man. If I put my trust in human beings first, I will end in despairing of everyone; I will become bitter, because I have insisted on man being what no man can ever be—- Absolutely right. Never trust anything but the Grace of God in yourself or in anyone else. “ “Jesus did not commit himself unto them…..for He knew what was in a man. “ John 2:24,25

    Delia Sent from my iPhone

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