I just read a quote in the book that speaks volumes about Truth and the Postmodern culture.
Paraphrased "It's really cool to search for God (or Truth). It's not very cool to find Him (the Truth)."
Why is this so?
Well...isn't it all about pride? On both sides of that quote...isn't it about pride?
Isn't it just so cool, intelectual and open minded to be searching for Truth? To dig into all the nooks and crannies of so many different, diverse and often opposing world views, religions - even atheism? To talk with, to interact with so many different writings, speakers and other people about how these different views effect you, what they mean to you...how they have brought signifigance or meaning to different areas of your life? How you choose to throw out the things that you don't like...and adhere to the things that appeal to you?
Isn't this pride? Isn't this simply creating a graven image of what you WANT the Truth to be?
Now...what happens when someone finds the Truth (or doesn't the Truth really find you)? Aren't there really only two choices that can be made?
Well...ok, so it is the irrefutable, proven, innerant Truth - but you'd rather have it your way, so you refuse to follow it, instead looking for more patterns in the world that appeal to you. Pride.
Or...and this is the crux, the dilemma of the age. You submit yourself to the Truth. You decide that the Truth is and will be the ultimate authority in your life. You allow the Truth to rule your life. Submission and humility.
Why is it yet so hard to come under the authority of the Truth for Postmodern Culture? Because we've been taught...that we are the center of the universe, that it is not OK to say "no" to our desires...we've built a unique and powerful altar to self-pride in each person. Me, me, me screams the ego of the 21st century.
I still struggle with it...and I would like to think that I want to be fully submitted to the authority of the Truth. Again...the beatitudes come to mind. What a study those eight nuggets are, what remarkable contrast to all the world (and even much of Contemporary Church teaching) tells us we should be.
My heart aches to be blessed by being (Matthew 5:1-12)...
Poor in Spirit
Hungering and Thirsting After Righteousness
Pure in Heart
Being Persecuted Because of Righteousness
Being Persecuted and Insulted and Having all kinds of Evil and false things said against me.
"Lord God...convict me, humble me...lead me to seek these things, to live by these beatitudes. To constantly seek to know what they mean by your example, by example of the Disciples and the first generation church. To continue to bring Your Truth to the world no matter the personal consequences, no matter the persecution - yet to bring it with great Love and utter compassion. - Amen"