Thursday, December 15, 2005

Romans 9:1-5

Truth, it seems to be a commodity in short supplies sometimes these days. Could they make the fine print any smaller? Or when making a major purchase you can't help but wonder if they were up front with everything and you're really getting the bargain it appears to be.

Of course, on the other hand we sometimes feel like Col. Jessup played by Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" when he makes that famous impassioned speech that begins with, "You can't HANDLE the Truth!!" And he's right, sometimes the truth is too much, we don't want to hear it. Who wants to hear that a loved one has been diagnosed with terminal cancer or been killed in a car accident. Honestly, who can handle it? What if the truth is God wants you to love your gay cousin, despite you believing it is wrong and sinful? What if the truth is God wants you to love and support George W. Bush, even though you think our being in Iraq is despicable? What if?...

The truth is hard. The truth is often hard to come by. The truth is often hard to handle. The truth is God loves us desperately.

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