I Can't Handle The Truth

I Can't Handle The Truth

Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community by Brett McCracken

Together Empty Church is embracing the uncomfortable. Join us as we dig into Brett McCracken's new book Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community and uncover all the parts that make us uneasy about our faith, uneasy about being friends, and uneasy about building a church that realizes that comfort is not the goal of Christiantiy.

Truth.

Many of us hide the truth about many things. Could be who ate the last cookie, our secret crush, or if we know Jesus. 

Truth often makes us uncomfortable. We don’t want to face the truth. We would rather believe something more palatable than the truth. Just twisting it ever so slightly to taste better. 

In this generation, we are all about personal truth; subjectivity and relativity reign. The Bible flies in the face of this. The Bible says that all truth is God’s truth. Truth isn’t subjective unless you want to say the subject is God making it all objective for everyone else. That is uncomfortable. We don’t like to be told that we are wrong, we’d rather just say that it’s “my truth.” We want to live in our own reality saying that “perception is reality” but we ignore God’s reality and His truth. 

Brett calls this out in his chapter on truth. He looks at how Christians are often uncomfortable with the truths about The Supernatural, Christianity’s Exclusivity and God’s Wrath, and Sexual Ethics. None of those are very popular right now. Many people believe in a moral Jesus and not a divine one. Many people want to ignore that not all people go to Heaven. Finally, between adultery and sexual immorality, the Bible has clear sexual ethics. The Supernatural we are all willing to accept in times of trouble, sickness, and death, but the other two we are pretty apt to forget about. 

To be honest, those three are pretty cut and dry. Sure there might be a few grey-ish areas but for the most part, the truth is clear there. But there are so many other issues that get cloudy. I don't know what is harder, knowing the truth and it being uncomfortable or being unsure of the truth. Or maybe we know the truth but we've just trained ourselves to muck it up in order to do what we want to do rather than what we know we should do deep down. 

What is the truth? 

I don’t know all the truth. And I can’t handle the truth. 

That’s why I hide from it. That’s why I ignore it. 

Even when I know the truth my body seems to not accept it.  That’s why anxiety kicks my butt all the time.

That’s why I hide from it. That’s why I ignore it. 

But it doesn’t work.

If we were truthful with ourselves we’d realize that running from the uncomfortable truth just makes problematic false existence. 

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