The truth about truth iv: Truth frees

Truth also frees.  And here, as with love, there is a good deal of confusion.

For many God’s truth is considered limiting.  Tell me the truth about God and God’s desire for my life and all that will happen is that God will take things away from me.

We have an inner city ministry here in Dallas called Austin Street Shelter.  The leaders there have a reputation for insisting that their drug addicted and alcohol dependent clients face their demons.  But when you refer someone to them, you will often get this answer: “Oh, no sir, I’m not going there.  They make you get off the stuff.”    The truth feels limiting to some and to all of us at some point.  But, of course, the reality is that if we embraced the truth, we would be free for the first time.

God’s truth never robs you of anything important and it never takes legitimate loves away from you.  It does order our loves and it does see through the falsehoods that enslave us.

Truth frees.

About Frederick Schmidt

The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and consulting editor at Church Publishing in New York. He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, as well as several books: A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009), and The Dave Test (Abingdon, 2013). He and his wife, Natalie (who is also an Episcopal priest), live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their Gordon Setter, Hilda of Whitby. They have four children and five grandchildren: Henry, Addie, Heidi, Sophie, and Drew, with a sixth on the way.