by Pastor Greg Fowler
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Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart (Psalm 15:1,2).
For the past five years, the phrase ‘speaking my truth’ has been gaining momentum. Initially, it confused me. After all, there can only be one truth. Right? We can have differences of opinion, but truth is steadfast.
Speaking ‘my truth’ comes from the experiences of those less powerful or exploited in society. The old adage ‘the victors write the history’, and, therefore, the rules and decide the truth, means that the experiences of the losers are deemed untrue. If the experience of someone exploited (economically, socially, sexually) runs counter to the prevailing ‘truth’ of the powerful, then that experience can be seen as untrue. We are now trying to include the voices of those who have been pushed to the side in our culture by allowing for ‘your truth’ and ‘my truth’.
The psalmist encourages all to live in God’s tent and bring with them their truth. We build each other up by speaking from the heart about how God has sanctified our experiences – even those at the hands of the powerful and exploitative. Our truth does not deny that Jesus is ‘the way, the truth and the life’. The eternal truth of the Word made flesh reveals a new truth of the human experience as he seeks out the broken and powerless. ‘Blessed are the meek’ is Jesus’ truth. He gives his voice to those who have been silenced for years. May we learn with humility to listen to ‘your truth’ as we live under Jesus as Lord.
Lord Jesus, give us compassion, understanding and love to hear the voices of those who cry to you. Amen.
Pastor Greg lives in Adelaide and serves as pastor of Golden Grove Lutheran Church and Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School. He is blessed to spend lots of time with his grandchildren, Teddy and Olivia. His spare time is taken up with golf, Formula 1 and going out with his beautiful wife.