I’m going to do a little bit of a double-down post here. About a month ago I posted about the way we treat truth. Here we are a month later and the same issue is still irking me. So, here goes another dose.
Most people want to be right. No, I think all people want to be right. This isn’t a problem. In fact, I’d call it a virtue. The problem arises with how we seek truth.
In our very educated society, everyone has an opinion on everything. You’d be hard pressed to find a person who has made it to adulthood without at least an inkling of what they think about any given topic. This is especially true of Christians. We have so many issues to discuss, dissect, and disagree on that we practically have to pick a side in order to be considered a good Christian. We can’t all be right, but that’s where the fun comes in.
This should take the form of seeking. You know, all that quest for truth stuff. Sadly, it doesn’t.
We say we’re searching. We call ourselves seekers. We even speak often of revelations or rhemas. Surprisingly, we almost never see people switch sides.
It would seem to me that a genuine seeker would at least occasionally come across truth that would be so powerful it would drastically change his perspective. We are all fallible humans, right? Do we really think that our perspective is so spot on to begin with that the only thing seeking more truth will do is reaffirm what we already know?
Here’s the problem: we’re not actually seeking truth.
Yeah, I said it.
It’s harsh, but it’s honest. When we research a topic, we categorically dismiss all opposing opinions as “ridiculous” or “biased” and stick only to those that are already on board with the way we see the world. True, we’ll entertain new ideas and perspectives of an issue, but only if they don’t shake the foundation of what we already believe about it. We’re not looking for truth, we’re looking for affirmation.
I’m pretty convinced that most of us do the same thing when we say we’re seeking God’s will. Be it in relation to a career choice, a family decision, or a discussion regarding what church we should attend, we usually walk into it with a general idea of the “right” choice and then look for affirmation. What if God doesn’t want us to make a “good” choice? What if He’s intending to show himself strong in our life through something we would consider a horrible idea? I say we ask Hosea what he thinks.
Regardless, walking into a decision with our mind already closed to certain outcomes doesn’t leave much room for God to work through that decision and seeking truth without being willing to change doesn’t yield much truth. Worse, looking for affirmation of what we already think just isn’t being Spirit-led or truth seeking. It’s just not.
If we want a life led by the Spirit of the Living God, we have to trust God. If we want to understand real truth, we have to be willing to change. People rarely find things with their eyes closed.