The title of this blog says it all. There are times in most of our lives when we have to accept rejection, take the hurts that come our way due to siding with either truth or being loyal.
Let me be very clear- I’ve spent and plan to spend what’s left of it on this earth as being as honest and committed to truth as possible while at the same time seeking to be genuinely loyal to family, friends and co-workers, band mates, etc..
It has been incredibly rare when I’ve had to face a scenario where it seemed that I couldn’t be brutally honest as well as loyal to people because my friends have been loving servants who were/are “the real deal”.
Gossip, slander, avarice and nonsense fly like vultures both within and without this or that group be it “sacred”, “secular” or you-name-the-family.
The issue that I raise here is simple but I think profound. Either you and I believe and face up to Paul’s amazing phrase in 2 Corinthians 13.8 or you don’t:
“For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.”
With all the talk of “false news” -and when have lies, exaggeration and phony claims not been made throughout human history?- it becomes ever more important that we choose loyalty to truth vs. loyalty to people when in fact confirmed/confirmable truth is what we can best discern in both our own life and that of those around us.
In part, this is why I’m an independent voter. Loyalty which ignores or disconnects from blatant truth is historically what helped place the most extreme right-wing facists in power right around this world. Propaganda and loyalty to those spewing it sans verifiable facts is always wrong, never in sync with the Word and will of God.
Something to think about when Jesus says things like:
Matthew Chapter 10
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Truly surrendering yourself to Jesus is dangerous, especially when loyalty to Him can raise the worst response from others. He IS the way, The Truth and the life, there is no other more important, not now and certainly not in eternity.
These are things to consider along the path. I’m convinced after counting the cost I cannot afford to not be first loyal to the One Who -is- Truth.
As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn