Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The truth told slant

Morning: Psalms 6, 12; Lamentations 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22

The powers that be who challenge Jesus cannot match the authority of his teaching.  Predictably, their reaction is: “Who do you think you are!?”  What’s more, Jesus speaks the truth in riddles and confounds their arguments, keeping them guessing and making them work things out for themselves.  Emily Dickinson has a wonderful poem that suggests she may have learned this method from Jesus: “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.”  If you speak the truth bluntly, people may not hear it.  You invite people into the bigger picture; they come to the truth by themselves.

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