Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Da Word... 242! Truth is tough

Tolerance, in this day, is pushed like crazy.  The unfortunate thing about tolerance is it tends to condone behavior or ideologies that are just plain wrong!  You know it, and I know it.  But for some reason, in the name of tolerance, we ought not to do anything about it.  But what is peace if the existence that allows peace is a lie? That is no existence.

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
- John 6:66

So my man J was at a synagogue in Capernaum.  He was teaching about seeking after food that can bring eternal life.  In other words, he began teaching more about he and the Father, and how the Father has promised to raise up all whom has been given the Son for the will of the Father is that none are lost who have been given.  Now while teaching, my man J says some things that are pretty hard to take.  Basically J is making some HUGE claims and stirring some you know what.  But J, at the same time, is being real.  He isn't sugar coating.  And as a result, people are grumbling, upset, and nearing offended.

It gets to a point where these kats just can't take it anymore.  It's a hard teaching to take because it also requires people to level up.  Not to mention, my man J didn't hesitate to say things that called some of them out.  He mentioned that though these people had seen miracles FIRST HAND, they STILL did not believe!  So in verse 66, we see that desertion begins to take place.

Here's the thing, if these disciples deserted their leader, one whose miracles they witnessed first hand no less, what makes us think we won't experience similar results in any endeavor that we might lead?  That's right, when we stand up for a particular cause, when we draw our lines in the sand, when we take up the path of reality and truth there will be those who defect.  Not only that, it may even give rise to opposition.  

As they say, it can be lonely at the top.  See, the person at the top doesn't have the luxury of tolerance.  To guide the ship, he or she must make hard decisions. But it shouldn't only be the person at the top.  Every single one of us should also look reality in the face and make those tough decisions.  What do you stand for and where do you stand?  Let it be known, in ways that are constructive.  We can't live in a bubble... there is no life in that.  So, burst that bad boy and get to livin'.  Yeah, it may hurt at times, but it also paves the way for the best of times.


   - patrick

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