#4: Failing to Tell the Truth
It sounds a little ridiculous to say this, but I think Christian leaders have trouble telling the truth. It’s partly related to trap #5 (wanting the please people), but I think there are three ways I have to be careful that I’m sticking to the real story…
- I can veer off the truth because I don’t want to name an unpleasant reality. God’s truth is always spoken in love, but it’s not always "nice". How often does nice slice truth in half?
- I can veer off the truth because I don’t want to name reality as a leader. Sometimes the truth about ourselves or about a situation is not pleasant. It’s just way too easy to live in denial or to pretend it isn’t so.
- I can deny the truth that God may have called us/me into a situation that requires tremendous courage and trust. Ironically, false humility or a sense that "God couldn’t be calling us to this" might actual deny the truth that God has called us to do a very great and courageous thing.
The great truth-ometer is God’s Word, discerned with prayer and applied with wise counsel in community.
What’s your experience with truth? My prayer? God, just make me faithful to what’s true — and to you.