Pilate always fascinated me. I remember reading the account in the Bible of the trial of Jesus. The imagery is crisp. The drama is palpable. I pictured these two men facing off across a Roman version of a courtroom in a volley of questions and answers. At one point, in John 18:38, Pilate lays down the greatest rhetorical question of all time:
What is truth?
I had a professor back in college that advised us to consider every source when we were researching our papers. There are reasons behind every story. Show a room of ten people a picture and ask them to describe it. You’ll likely get ten different answers.
We each have our own lens that we use to view the world.
In On Writing, Stephen King stated the best way to write authentic characters was to remember that everyone feels like they have the camera on them. We are the stars of the show.
We have truth locked down.
Want to alienate someone quickly? Act like you know all the answers. It is practically a membership requirement for churches in this country. Peter writes that we should have answers ready when someone asks us the source of our hope. He’s right. We just ignore one part of the statement.
We answer whether or not we have an audience ready to hear.
At the same college I mention above, a street preacher would set up shop in the warmer weather. It was great theatrics. He’d yell and argue with students. He’d call down condemnation on any and every sin. I’m sure he meant well.
A month after I graduated, he was arrested for attempting to solicit a teenager.
The truth was not his truth.
There is always mystery in truth. It is fluid, running like water. We build our lives on salvation, love, family, and grace. The mystery comes in our work to improve all of these elements from our imperfect human condition.
Life is a journey of exploration.
You will face some tough questions. Have your answers ready and don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know. The truth comes when we attempt to live as Jesus lived in new and radical love. When we reflect his example, truth and light shines through.