Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Truth Will Make You Free, But . . .

       I love the words of Jesus when He said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  For many centuries now, the people of good will have heard or read these words, and more or less ordered their lives by them.  They are good words.  Great words.

       Even the CIA discovered them!  Apparently they liked them so well that they have become the motto of that very secretive, very un-free organization.  (Which makes one wonder if they were sincerely -- or just cynically -- meant, at the official beginning of that organization in 1947.)

       So, "the truth can make you free."

       But, the truth can also get you in trouble, as the Master well knew.  And St. John, who wrote down the Master's words, knew for a fact that the truth could get you jailed, exiled, or killed by the political establishment.

       Naturally and spiritually, I am encouraged to see people in my own country, and around the world, and myself included, waking up to fresh truth and new insights.  May it be.

       But may I offer a word of prudence?

       The political establishments of the world are not likely to have warm, fuzzy feelings about this trend.  At least they never have before.

       It might be time to dust off the old Boy Scout motto, "Be prepared."  Or the Master's words about "Counting the Cost."

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