What is truth?
The satirical stylus?
The severing sword?
The signet of supremacy?
What is truth?
A cartoon, a caliphate, a Caesar?
“What is truth?”
A “thing of this world”
French philosopher Foucalt answered.
A “regime” of beliefs and values linked to systems of political and economic power,
A scientific, non-universal apparatus feeding into majority opinions.
“So you are a king, are you?”
Pilate, the truth of power, asked.
Jesus, the power of truth, answered,
“You are the one who’s calling me a king. I was born for this;
I’ve come into the world for this: to give evidence about the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
“Truth!” What’s that?”
Pilate asked, but
With those words, he went back to the Foucaltians.
Truth is witness. Jesus said,
“We testify to what we have seen and heard from God”
Put down your stylus Cartoonist,
Put down your sword, Peter,
Put down your signet Freedom of Speech
And follow me.
Je suis le Chemin, la Vérité et la Vie.
“Without entrusting oneself to the God who judges justly, it will hardly be possible to follow the crucified Messiah and refuse to retaliate when abused. The certainty of God’s just judgment at the end of history is the presupposition for the renunciation of violence in the middle of it. The divine system of judgment is not the flip side of the human reign of terror, but a necessary correlate of human nonviolence.”
Miroslav Volf, Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation
Above poem © KingdomVenturers.com, 2015, All Rights Reserved; Scripture quoted: The Kingdom New Testament translated from koine Greek by N. T. Wright