“I’ve been to Paris.”
“I’ve gone skydiving.”
“I made Madame Secretary Albright laugh.”
One of the all time favorite group icebreaker games is called, “Two truths and a lie.” I love this game, not just because you learn something new about someone. You also learn how creative they are.
“Truth” appears to be fleeting in our world. With the increased awareness of “fake news” and the potential increase of hacking, determining what is accurate is harder than ever.
Or is it?
The fact is, lying, being dishonest or being deceitful has, unfortunately, been part of the human condition from the beginning. The Scriptures make that very clear. And even “fake news” is not new; other generations called it propaganda.
I believe that when Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “telling the truth in love,” he was not simply admonishing them to stop lying. Rather, Paul was calling them to a deeper way of being. Framed with words like “maturity” and “grow up” Paul was challenging those early followers of Jesus to live as Jesus did – with integrity, authenticity and transparency, fully living into who God had created them to be. This is also what the Amish community originally meant when they used the phrase, “speaking truth to power.”
In both of these instances, it is more than being honest. It is about a core understanding of how we are to live and interact with others in the world. Truth in this regard is both a statement and a witness.
In this Epiphany season, as we dwell deeply in knowing Christ and making Christ known, there may be no better way for us to do so than to tell and be the truth in love.