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The Rector Writes... 

Two thousand years ago Jesus said to the Jewish people who believed in him: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE”! And, when he was being tried by Pontius Pilate, Jesus said “…the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me”… and Pilate replies “WHAT IS TRUTH?”
 
“What is truth?” Those words echo down through the centuries and the question is probably more relevant today than it ever has been before, as our plethora of television and radio channels, as well as numerous forms of social media, provide ample opportunity for the so-called “great and the good” as well as “Joe (and Josephine!) Public” to lie through their back-teeth and have a massive audience, many of whom will believe what they read and then gossip it on to others without checking the facts of what they’ve read. And, sadly, some of those in positions of power and authority criticise the media and their opponents for apparent lies, and yet lie openly themselves. Despite this they are voted into office, often by ordinary folk like you and me. What is our world coming to?
 
The legendary story of the young George Washington tells of him being brought up by his father to always tell the truth. When he was about six years old he was bought a hatchet (Social Services would have something to say about that today!) and he went about chopping everything in sight including his mother’s sweet-peas! He stripped the bark from his father’s beloved English cherry tree and it died. When asked who’d done the deed young George replied to his father, “I can’t tell a lie, Pa; you know I can’t tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet!” To which his father replied, “Run to my arms, you dearest boy… glad I am, George, that you killed my tree; for you have paid me for it a thousand fold. Such an act of heroism (owning up!) is worth more than a thousand trees, though blossomed with silver, and their fruits of purest gold”. And Washington became a great president, renowned for his truthfulness. What a shame the same can’t be said of many of those in positions of power today.
 
However, let’s not cast aspersions at others… but, rather, look at our own behaviour. We have either been the victims of the lies of others or have lied about others ourselves; and those who tell so-called “white lies” have often been “imprisoned” in a cycle of lies which besmirch the reputation of others and, often, ultimately of themselves.
 
Jesus declared, “I am the way, the TRUTH and the life”. As his followers we should be people of truth, and, as Jesus told his disciples “The truth will set (us) free”!
 
kevin for rector writes The Revd Kevin Ashby
 
 

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