You Can’t Handle the Truth

John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

You Can’t Handle the Truth
By Kathie Ponder
Written in the Laundromat 11/26/2010

Hi, my name is Kathie Ponder. I like to call myself Poetrose. I am a recovering alcoholic, a reformed smoker, a K2 user, a food addict, over 100 pounds overweight, so I must say I am a successful food addict, once I stole money from God, I have been an adulterous……what…wait….too much information you say. Would it help if I didn’t say it out loud? Maybe I should twitter it or face book it? I know, it is just too much information and you can’t handle it. Do you know why? Because you can’t handle the truth.  Sad too, because I have just started to tell you the truth, because I am also in treatment for PTS and pathological lying. Oh, you are uncomfortable again, no eye contact, I can see your shoulders tightening up…Well, I guess Col. Nathan Jessup, USMC,  aka Jack Nicholson from a Few Good Men, was right when he said, “You can’t handle the truth!”

Well, to be honest with you neither can I. Just this week, I was shopping in Wal-mart, if I not home, I’ll be there,  it’s my church so to speak, and anyway, I ran into a young man I had had in class. I said, “Oh how good to see you Matt. How are you and your family?” He looked at me, his face grew thinner and he said, “Not too good. You see I am dying of cancer. They just took my thyroid out last week. There isn’t much hope.” I froze. What did he say to me? He didn’t say, “Oh, I am fine, how are you all doing?” He said, “he was dying”! The wheels begin to spin, what do I say? What do I say. The words barely came. Me the non-stop talker with no words, right here in the middle of Wal-mart, looking at a young man with two children under  the age of 5, a wife who works two jobs, troubles enough, and now he just told me he was dying. I can’t handle the truth.  Of course, I said, “Oh, I am so sorry. This is so tragic. What are the next steps. I’ll pray for your family. Remember God can do anything, etc.” It wasn’t enough! There were no right words.  This man could face the truth, and he was! He was accepting his fate and doing what he could to be prepared for whatever the next hour brought!  I couldn’t imagine my own son without me. I couldn’t handle the truth.

Luckily I could bury my broken heart in the flashing commercialism of Christmas. After all, I have lots of epiphanies when I am at Wal-mart. So, just as the Grinch had to face the truth that “just maybe Christmas couldn’t be bought in a store, maybe Christmas was a something just a little bit more.” I was going to have to face the truth.  And the truth is, we are broke. My husband lost his “good job” about a year ago. We have no insurance. We have been spoiled. We have too much really. Why is cutting back so hard? Yes, I had to face the truth. We may need to go to the food pantry…

Maybe this stuff would be better handled if I twittered it: Send money we need U of L Tickets.
Send money we need a ham. Any donations? Ponder This? No twitters are never the truth, at best they
are only part truths. Imagine if:
Eve Twittered:  Picked some killer fruit today out in the garden.
Cain: I killed my brother today, and won an app for my video game.
Noah:  Surf’s up. Sail the Love Boat today, seats still available.
Moses:  Part the sea and vacation where the bread falls from heaven.
Pharisees:  I told you so.
Thomas:  I don’t think so!
Balaam:  My ass talked to me today.
Thief on Cross: I am not guilty I tell you.
Peter:  I heard that rooster again this morning.

Okay, see they can’t even handle the truth. So how do we confess? How do we let others help us. We can’t even handle the truth when others give it to us:
Doctor:  Your blood pressure is a mess, your body fat over 40%, you need to lose weight.
Husband: I need more space, all you do is nag, nag, why can’t you be like that friend of yours, so nice, so hot, and by the way, that dress does make you look fat.
Kid:  You are a control freak – get your own life.
Boss:  You can’t do anything right, I’ll have to get Joan/Johnny in Sales to fix this mess.
Friend: Sorry, I am seeing your husband, don’t hate me for it, maybe he was missing out on something at home.

You can’t handle the truth!

News:  World hunger – flip channel – abortions rise over 4,000 in Indiana – flip channel – no jobs – flip channel – eat a Burger King and earn your crown – that’s it run out to Burger King, TV isn’t good for you anyway – and you can’t handle the truth. Wrap the garbage with the newspaper, only read those tabloids by the checkout stand, turn off  Joyce Meyer, the Trinity Broadcast Channel, Mother Angelica, and Kenneth Copeland.  You can’t handle the truth!

So – why I am telling you all this, this too much information stuff – this truth hurts stuff – because I am a sinner. I am flawed. I am a weed in God’s garden.  And grab your seat, and get ready to shallow the truth – no spoonful of sugar – you are too!

What can you do about it? How do you accept the truth?  What will you do when Jesus says. “Who are you? Your name’s not in the book of life. Oh, here it is. I see you didn’t feed the hungry, help that widow next door, teach your children, take them to church, even left them home alone and with internet access…it’s all in my book. I am the truth so I have to judge you according to your deeds. Are you ready for it? Can you handle the truth? Did you read my book? Best seller for years….I explained very clearly in there the consequences of not accepting the truth…Room and board for eternity with another liar – Satan – oh yeah, he comes around, he checks your book, he isn’t afraid to write on your pages. And you know what, you even listened to his lies, because you couldn’t handle the truth:

John 3:16-17 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Romans 6:23 ESV – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Revelation 21:8 ESV – But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

2 Peter 2:4 ESV – For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

Don’t even start trying to justify your own truth – for James 2:10 says: For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

So what can you do to handle the truth? Read the word. Confess to someone, not on face book or twitter but someone you trust and respect. Ask for help – accept the help. Be honest. Ask Jesus to reveal your sins to you and to show you the truth. He knew you before he formed you in the womb so he will know what to do. Trust him in all things. Obey him in all things. Let go and let God. You are NOT GOD (another truth). Exam yourself. Speak the truth at all times. Look  in the mirror and pray. Love one another – help others in kindness. Be gentle with the truth.

The world is alive. God is active.
The world is complex. God is awesome.
The world is organized. God is in control.
The world is beautiful. God is wonderful.

Pray: “Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:12-14)

Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your glory in creation and your purposes for me in Scripture. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for convicting me of my sin and causing me to want to be right with God. Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross in my place. Please take away my sin, and enable me to live forever, the life you have planned for me. Help me to believe the truth and to obey you. Open my heart and the eyes of my soul so that I may see and know the truth. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, for I am a mom, a wife, a sister, a teacher, a friend, and I want to be the best I can be. I want to give to others and to serve them and to know what to say to them when they need to know the truth!  The truth is that you love us, you died for us, and we have eternal life in you. Praise be your Name. Love, your child – Kathie

posted with permission

About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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