I snagged that phrase from Pastor Wilson, who writes “The Truth Outside the Feels” The phrase basically means, “everybody sees it their own way.” Subjective perception rules the day and the facts be darned.
Its not a bad post overall, but the Blind Pharisee of Sherwood Forrest has pounded on this dead donkey ad nauseum and it’s an argument that always goes like this, “feelings are always bad and objective truth is morally superior.”
Au contraire! Objective Truth is just an idol. Yep, an idol, a thing Western Christian people have built an altar to. Where is our hope? In Objective Truth. Where is our salvation? Allegedly waiting for us in Objective Truth.
Alas, if only all these icky-feely people would just accept my version of Objective Truth we could return some order to this chaos, and that would be quite lovely.
Seriously, the same bit of biological goo whose random chemical misfirings produced those icky feelings that can’t be trusted, is not suddenly rendered competent when it starts to subjectively believe it is now being rational and objective about the nature of reality.
Why is this one point so important? So critical? Because the power of life and death is in our tongue. Because truth is not to be found in our own ability to perceive objective reality. Because we are not what the world says about us, we are what God says about us. Because, truth is not what we see around us, Truth is seated in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father. Because we often can’t objectively see a way out of our circumstances, but we do know that, “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Because Objective Truth would have David laid out, nah, slaughtered by a giant. Because Objective Truth did not part the Red Sea. Because Objective Truth saw Lazarus in his tomb and just walked away. Because when Christ was crucified, Objective Truth left the women behind at the tomb and walked itself home in despair.
Because “Objective Truth” is not simply what we observe happening in the natural world around us. “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Wilson says, “The facts are rigid, unyielding, hard, granite-like. Not only do they not care, they aren’t going anywhere. The feels are oily, fog-like, wispy, but they are going somewhere — the way of the whistling wind.”
Another way of saying “hard and rigid,” is brittle. “To stand tall and fast like an oak tree” is actually an old medieval joke, a bit of satire. What is the very first tree to break under the weight of the wind? The mighty oak. He is is brittle, hard, and rigid, and when the wind blows, he simply buckles. A willow will bend and give way under the pressure and if a branch falls off, it will actually begin to grow right where it lands.
A bit amusing, but let me tell you, those granite-like facts sink real fast in the you tube vortex, beneath the facebook censors, and the twitter bans. I suppose they are made of granite so they sink to the bottom of the ocean faster? People who believe facts are hard and unyielding are in for a rude awakening.
Ironically, “the way of the whistling wind” is actually a euphemism for the Holy Spirit. The Celts called Him, “The Wild Goose.” You betcha, my plan is to, “go the way of the whistling wind.”
All of this to say, you must experience the Lord, you must feel Him, you must learn to recognize His voice, and you must “taste and see that He is good.” When we tell people to just embrace Objective Truth and an emotionally detached, unfeeling, intellectual theology, we might as well be sending people into a raging battle completely unarmed.
And lastly, all this argumentation about lines of authority, Romans 13, and the joys (or not) of obeying governing authorities, stop! Just stop it. Christians need to stop tripping over themselves in a quest to find some authority to submit to as quickly as possible, and start asking themselves, Whose authority lives in you?