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Week of September 20, 2004
Child-like truth can serve us as adults
Among the many concepts and ideas that humanity has written and reflected about, truth is one that deserves more attention and deeper reflection.
The idea of truth seems to be something that most people try to avoid - after all truth hurts. But doesn't truth liberate as well?
Truth-telling is a way of life that sometimes proves to be unpleasant, difficult and life altering. Some people cannot but live their lives telling the truth no matter what the consequences are.
Sometimes truth-telling leads one to be isolated, removed and hated by the community that chooses to embrace what is half-true to accommodate what is politically acceptable or to promote what is tolerable.
It is not uncommon for people to advise others not to disclose the whole story lest it hurt their reputation.
As adults we are more concerned about what others would say if we tell the whole truth and what others would do to us if we let our cover get blown.
Truth be told, truth is not just a concept, an idea or imaginings.
Truth is a person.
Truth is Jesus Christ as he says in John 14:16, "I am the truth, the way and the life."
If we believe that Jesus indeed is the truth, when we choose not to tell the truth, in essence we are choosing not to proclaim who Jesus is.
As young children, our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and teachers tell us, to always tell the truth. And that's what innocent children do.
They would say the darnedest thing in the world and wouldn't care if in doing so they might offend, embarrass or hurt someone. However, as children grow, we notice they begin to learn how to conceal what is true, how to cover up and how not to say what they think might hurt, offend or embarrass someone. They learn from us.
Children are not inhibited as well to have Jesus as a regular part of their daily vocabulary. In fact sometimes adults use the name of Jesus to convince children they should do something or say something because Jesus would be happy if they do. Most children are not inhibited to make a public display of their love for Jesus.
But as children become teenagers, inhibition creeps in. Saying the name of Jesus has a different meaning. It is no longer directly related to proclaiming they love Jesus. Some teenagers do not want to be caught praising the name of Jesus in public, although some never outgrow the child-like passion and love for who Jesus is.
It is not by coincidence that children outgrow the child-like innocence of being able to say and proclaim the truth without inhibition almost the same time the name of Jesus becomes less and less a part of their regular vocabulary.
And it is not by coincidence as well that Jesus said we have to be like children to enter the kingdom of God.
For obvious reasons, Jesus taught that.
Children are not inhibited to tell the truth because they do not have a lot of spiritual, emotional and psychological baggage.
Children trust God totally and without reservation because they know they are helpless and acknowledge such helplessness.
Children could care less what others might say when they publicly display their love for Jesus, because their heart is more focused on being worthy of the love of God.
Children's hearts are pure so they do not desire to cover the truth but rather to proclaim it.
And even when children do not realize it, they respect the person of truth more than adults do.
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