The Truth Doesn't Change Even If You Choose To Avoid It.

The Truth Doesn't Change Even If You Choose To Avoid It.

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.

I have a confession to make. I did not want to read this chapter. I didn't know anything about the chapter ahead of time other than the title "Uncomfortable Truths" and that was enough for me to want to avoid it like the plague. Why? Because throughout my life when I have been confronted with the cold hard truth it has been extremely uncomfortable.

When things get rough in my life, I've had the pattern of creating my own reality. Instead of facing the truth, I either sugar-coat it or I just plain ignore it and choose to focus instead on something more appealing. I lie to myself. I've even lied to those around me. But the truth doesn't suddenly change or disappear. I knew that the pages of this chapter wouldn't rewrite themselves just because I was afraid of what may be written on them. So, I finally sat down to read the chapter and ironically enough it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Funny how that happens. 

What truths make me uncomfortable?

Brett provides 3 examples of uncomfortable truths: 1) The Supernatural, 2) Christianity's Exclusivity and God's Wrath, and 3) Sexual Ethics. All of these make me uncomfortable for different reasons.

The supernatural makes me uncomfortable because I cannot explain it to others. I cannot explain how God created the universe other than to say He spoke and it came to be. I have had friends tell me that asking them to believe God created something out of nothing would be like asking them to believe that the Tooth Fairy turns their teeth into money while they sleep. 

Christianity's exclusivity is another pill that is hard to swallow for many. I have heard questions like "why would a loving God send someone to hell just because they live in a remote village of Africa and no one ever shared the gospel with them? If they never had a chance to believe, how is that fair? 

Sexual ethics are more uncomfortable for me inside the church than outside. I had no problem explaining the concept of saving yourself for marriage because even though some people find it silly they can understand and even respect it. But inside the church, it is uncomfortable to talk about sex. It is a taboo topic which is why those struggling with some kind of sexual sin are considered taboo as well.

Confronting The Truth

Brett clearly states at the beginning of the chapter that he will not be providing an exhaustive list of all uncomfortable truths, but rather a sampling of some of the biblical truths that have been a stumbling block for people. This chapter not only made me think on those truths but also on the anxiety I felt prior to reading. If the purpose of this book is to confront the uncomfortable, then I know I need to continue to explore why some truths are still so uncomfortable to me. I would challenge you to do the same because the truth doesn't change just because you choose to avoid it.

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