The Truth Hurts
Read Mark Chapter 12
Mk 12:1 He then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed. 6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
Mk 12:12 Then they looked for a way to arrest Him because they knew He had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left Him and went away.
There are at least three different responses when a person hears the truth from God’s word. One of them is mentioned here. The chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders had come to Jesus trying to trap Him into saying something which could further their case against Him. As a result, Jesus spoke truth to them through this parable. When they heard the parable, they easily understood that it was a truth which revealed the depth of their hardened hearts. Their response was to hate Him even more. They did not respond correctly to revelation of their sins.
A better response is to accept the correct assessment of a man’s sinfulness and begin the process of repenting and turning to Christ for redemption. This is the response each of us has made as we have been confronted with the sinfulness of homosexual behaviors. We didn’t enjoy hearing that our God called it a sin. We may have been saddened, frightened, and maybe even angry. But in the end we agreed with God’s assessment, perhaps not willingly, but because we know our Creator is wiser than we.
The third response to hearing the truth from God’s word is to reject it as untruth. That is the classic mind-set of the atheists and agnostics.
Knowing that our response was the correct one, we have a further responsibility. We have to continue to accept truth correctly. We cannot allow our thinking processes to be diverted away from the basic truth about homosexuality. That can happen much too easily. As we have studied many times, we can become vulnerable to the false teachers of today, who wish to turn us away from truth.
There is one other application for us to explore. Most of us continue to be vulnerable to occasional mistakes in regard to the sinfulness of homosexual behaviors. We will use pornography as an example. If we are in an accountability group, or have an accountability partner, there will be times when we must confess a slipup. When we do, we must be ready to accept the truth from those to whom we confess. They should encourage us to get back on the right track. They should give us suggestions to help us avoid such mistakes in the future. They also should strongly remind us that our behavior was not honoring to our Lord. We must not become defensive anywhere in that process. That’s why we confessed in the first place. Truth hurts, but it also heals.
Prayer: Lord, give us the correct attitudes of the heart to always be receptive to Your truth, even when it hurts.