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This Won't Hurt a Bit

This Won't Hurt a Bit

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Published by Thom Hunter
White lies are pervasive in our society. We justify them because we know the truth hurts. With some discernment, a little white lie here and there can be a generous offering. But lies to prop up ignorance or justify judgment are more damaging than the most glaring and searing truth.
White lies are pervasive in our society. We justify them because we know the truth hurts. With some discernment, a little white lie here and there can be a generous offering. But lies to prop up ignorance or justify judgment are more damaging than the most glaring and searing truth.

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This Won’t Hurt a Bit
By Thom Hunter --
There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amusehimself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf!The Wolf is chasing the sheep!" -- Aesop's Fables
 The sunshine this morning is so brilliant through my officewindow that I almost need sunglasses to focus on thekeyboard. The cloudless sky spreads from a softness along thehorizon to a taken-for-granted pureness at its unlimited heightsabove. The breeze is gentle and all seems as it is meant to be. This majesty of this morning reflects the truth of God, thecontrol He has over all the earth and we within it.
 
But somewhere this morning there are clouds and rain andfierce winds. In other places, it is dry and hot and still. Stillelsewhere, ice covers the earth for miles and much of life isforbidden. That too, expresses the truth of God and Hiscontrol. Floods and droughts . . . . soft rains, cool breezes . . .searing heat. Where we are in a moment or space can makeus wonder at that truth -- God's control -- and perhaps openourselves up to the chance of becoming a victim of lies, adoubter of truth.And the truth is, we are surrounded by peddlers of self-proclaimed wisdom, the most damaging of which often comesfrom pious observers who claim to have never been in a trenchor pit, but are sure they know why others have and how theyare either on their way to unavoidable suffocation . . . orsupreme freedom. "If you just follow my guide," which oftenreads like the multi-language sheets that come with "some-assembly-required" purchases. All those tiny diagrams andlists of parts and tools and step-by-step instructions. And whenyou're finished, the question is simple: "What should I doabout this cut on my thumb from the people-proof plasticpackaging?"White lies are pervasive in our society. We justify thembecause we know the truth hurts. With some discernment, alittle white lie here and there
can
be a generous offering. But
 
lies to prop up ignorance or justify judgment are moredamaging than the most glaring and searing truth.When I was a little boy, I remember lining up in the hallway toswallow down a sugar cube containing a dose of polio vaccine.It was sweet. A couple of years later, I remember going in fora tetanus shot after stepping on a nail which penetrated mytennis shoe. The nurse said "This won't hurt a bit." I howledlouder than I had when I stepped on the nail. Her little whitelie felt like I was going to die. Two years ago after a significantsurgery, I returned to the doctor's office to have the staplesremoved. The nurse looked right at me and said "This is goingto hurt, so we might as well get after it and get it over with." Ithurt . . . but I knew we were going to get after it and get it overwith, and I appreciated the honesty.Honestly . . . would it hurt that bad for us to just be honest witheach other? Sexual brokenness -- whether it manifests itself ashomosexuality, sexual addiction, pornography, idolatry,adultery, self-indulgence or another form -- hurts. It wreakshavoc. It can destroy the broken one and devastate the livesof those who are close enough to feel the impact of thepersonal implosion. In the mean-time, while we debatewhether it is too painful to be truthful, we let cultureadminister so much anesthesia that all affected become numb.

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