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    At the Core - Week 1: Committed to Truth

    January 6, 2020 by Debbie Laginskie

    Core Practices: Practice #1: Committed to the Truth

    John 1:14

    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    John 1:17

    For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

    John 14:6

    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    John 8:30-32

    As Jesus spoke these things, many believed in Him. So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

    John 18:37-38

    “You say that I am a king,” Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.”

    “What is truth?” Pilate asked.

    Psalm 25:5

    Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

    Read the verses above slowly out loud. What words are put together with the word “truth”? Write them out so you can see them.

    Which one of these other words stands out to you? Sit with this in God’s presence in silence for a bit. Talk to God about what comes to your mind and heart concerning this word as well as the word “truth.” What is the main emotion that you feel in all of this? Sit with the emotion and allow God to speak to you through it.

    In 1 Kings 18, Elijah presents himself to King Ahab after a three-year drought. When King Ahab met Elijah, these were his words of greeting: So it’s you, is it? – Israel’s troublemaker? Elijah responded by telling the king that he was no troublemaker but rather King Ahab and his family were the troublemakers because they refused to obey the commands of the Lord and worshiped the images of Baal instead.

    When Jesus was on earth, He was accused of being connected to demons, that his power actually came from the prince of demons – Beelzebub. And when Jesus was brought before Pilate, listen to what He was accused of:

    They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man subverting our nation, forbidding us to pay the tribute tax to Caesar and claiming that he himself is Christ, a king.” (Luke 23:5)

    Meaning of “subvert”: undermine the power and authority of (an established system or institution).

    The prophets before Jesus, Jesus Himself and all who have followed Him are in the camp of being “troublers” or “subverts” of the kingdoms of this world. It is because Jesus brings a kingdom that is rooted in truth, because He Himself is truth. This was a threat in His world long ago. He was busting up the systems – worldly systems and religious systems. He and His followers are still a threat in our world today. Imagine, claiming one truth in a culture of pluralism, duality, subjective/individualistic truth. As always, the accusations seem so right. How can we be so intolerant as to claim one truth? How can we be so unkind to claim a truth that condemns others?

    We are not talking about being adamant about our take on certain scriptures where there is room to wrestle, think through, be open to growth in understanding. We are not talking about using truth as a weapon against people, judging out of religious pride. But we are talking about a truth about Jesus Christ being the Way, the Truth and the Life. We are talking about a truth that says there is only one Way to God. We are talking about a truth that says we are called to live in a new kingdom and be part of hindering the kingdoms of this world. We are talking about a truth that divides us and is painful, a truth that causes us to be accused of many things. It’s because we call this Truth THE Truth and that is not acceptable in the kingdom of the world we live in today.

    If you choose Jesus Christ as Truth and choose to live in His true kingdom, seeking to follow God’s commands and ways with all of your heart to the best of your understanding, you will be a troubler and subvert of the culture around you.

    The last of the verses we began in reflection on holds a prayer from the Psalms.

    Psalm 25:5

    Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

    Do you want to pray it or not?

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