Looks like the mystery has been solved……
News has come out that Malaysian Flight 370 crashed into the far reaches of the Indian Ocean.
This news comes as a relief – mainly for the families of those lost in this tragedy. It brings closure and reveals the truth of what might have actually happened.
For the past few weeks, report after report led us to believe that the flight fell victim to something evil. Terrorists, renegade pilots, rebel causes. One news site speculated that the airplane was hijacked, flown over the highly advanced radar systems of 7 separate nations, and landed possibly in Kazakhstan, to be used at a later time in a terrorist attack on the West. Yet another hypothesized that a black hole swallowed the plane.
But now, the Malaysian government says that the pilots were actually heroes. Trying to turn a damaged bird back to safety. While the rest of the world were doing their best to dramatize this event, the truth got further and further away from us.
Seems like the question is this – have we always been so quick to take an unproven, hare-brained theory, and call it truth? Why also are we prone to hear something and quickly subscribe to it? “I saw it on the Internet, so it’s gotta be true!”
This occurs in the Church as much as anywhere. We hear a catchy phrase or a potent one-liner, and somehow, slowly, it becomes “truth.” Or maybe you hear a nasty little rumor, and assume it’s the truth. I’ve been both the victim of these, AND the perpetrator, unfortunately.
So, what is truth? Tough question – one for the philosophers! Just because I think something is what it is, doesn’t necessarily make it true. Making assumptions, however, not only isn’t truth, it pushes us further away from finding truth.
Finding real truth requires an intentional search. That search requires boldness. It means that if I hear that someone did something wrong, I can’t just take someone’s inconclusive words as truth – I’ve got to seek out the truth by coming and asking – In love and no other way!
May we be a church that just can’t live anymore on hand-me-down answers, distortions of truth, rumors, or “it’s just always been done that way, so it’s gotta be true.” Let’s be a community that loves as it seeks, loves as it questions, and loves while it searches. Anything else is inconclusive!