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August 13, 2016

Telling Truth

Speaker: John McLarty

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The ancient Hebrew prophets boldly denounced their own nation for immoral actions. One way to interpret their preaching is to see them as physicians who have diagnosed a deadly but treatable disease. Their stern denunciations are attempts to wake up the nation to their desperate need for remedial action. A cure is available, but unless the cure is applied, doom is certain. In the Gospel we read stern denunciations by Jesus that can be understood similarly. In both the ancient Hebrew prophets and the preaching of Jesus, this kind of truth-telling is addressed principally to those in positions of power. “Truth” for the prophets and for Jesus was, indeed, accurate information, but it was more. Truth meant honest words spoken to those who would be able to use that information to make the world better. All of us have some sphere of influence. Our words can make the world better if they are truthful and filtered through love.

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