-1 Truth of the “Roots”
Thoughts on Sanction I. Page 7.
Pontius Pilot, “What is truth?”
The biggest blessing with seeking truth is that you will never fully know it. How is it a blessing? You cannot be prideful and a “know it all” if you know that you cannot know.
If you decide to follow the path of learning objective truth you will start off like Pontius Pilot, “What is truth?” You will have to look at your premises, look at things as if you were a child, and follow the facts.
If you pursue truth long enough you will always end up at a crossroads. Do I continue to believe a lie, an untruth, something that does not demand change? Or… will you do the hard thing… grab hold of truth and allow it to change you. When you start this change a strange and terrible thing happens.
Truth, when embraced as a gift, causes you to have life, energy and drive to get more of it and to give this prize to others. You will want to share it. The only problem is that most people could care less about truth.
This is the brightest truth that I have discovered about man. He cares about little, including himself. The biggest concern of his life is avoiding immediate pain. Truth is pain to someone who is not in line with it. You will be treated like a prophet of old when you proudly declare a truth you have. You will receive stones instead of bread.
Welcome to your second crossroads. Your newest choice is with this knowledge do you see the flaws of man and become bitter? Or do you find wisdom in your knowledge and work with people as they are.
They will still stone you, but now you are at peace with that.
Roman calls these stone chuckers: pragmatic, as in, if they cannot profit from it or avoid pain, they see no value in it.
But they do find value in one thing, the elimination of a truth that exposes their fragility, ignorance, or self-deception.
“My child, when you come to serve the Lord,
prepare yourself for trials.
Be sincere of heart and steadfast,
and do not be impetuous in time of adversity.
Cling to him,
do not leave him,
that you may prosper in your last days.
Accept whatever happens to you;
in periods of humiliation be patient.”
If God is truth and you are his prophet, you will naturally want to get to know Him (truth) more.
And if you think you can grasp God… you cannot. Why? God in infinite and you are finite. It would be like trying to drink an ocean… that has no depth.
Do not lose hope. You can drink your fill of God and not be thirsty.
Because you were meant to consume that much God and truth.
“Nothing is more of a resistance or more painful or more heartbreaking than the truth; and therefore, it is only the genuine artist, the new philosopher, the gods -the burgeoning gods- who even desire such truth. It’s only these men who seek it out and even recognize it when they encounter it; when it locks onto them and stalks them, it is only they who know they are being followed. The average man is insouciant, gregarious, and refuses to care about the differences between small measures of distance, height, depth, taste, love, honor, friendship, honesty, language and art.” – Sanction pg. 9.
Do not be pragmatic, do not be average, and do not be impatient to drink your fill of truth.
Burgeoning- beginning to grow or increase rapidly; flourishing.
Insouciant- showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent
Gregarious- (of a person) fond of company; sociable
If you want to get a better context of this article and all the ones that will follow the Sanction Series…
Pick up Roman McClay’s book Sanction and read it with me. Each week I will be reading a bit and writing about my thoughts. My thoughts will NOT be a summary of his work.