John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Collide

Our summer series at Shannon Oaks is called "Collide". If you want to listen to the first two parts, you can go to our website here, or you can subscribe to our podcast ("Shannon Oaks Church Podcast). The whole premise of the series is that there are truths we all know but have forgotten. And there are truths we know but don't want to know so we pretend we don't know them. We ignore our instincts and push aside the evidence as long as we possibly can.

But every once in a while -- and it's usually unplanned -- you collide with truth in such a way that you can no longer deny it or pretend you don't know it.

In those moments, you have a decision to make. Will you embrace that truth with all of its implications and ramifications? Or will you retreat from that truth and go on living in your own fantasy world?

This kind of thing can happen in lots of different areas of your life. Maybe your marriage is in trouble. You see all the warning signs, but you've chosen to ignore them -- pretending that if you just bury your head in the sand, eventually the truth will go away and your fantasy world will become reality. But you know it never works out like that. Eventually, something happens -- life hits you square in the face, and you have to choose what to do.

Maybe you suspect your child is involved in something bad, but you don't really want to know. But you're on a collision course with the truth, and, at the point of impact, you'll have to make a decision about what to do with this truth you can no longer avoid.

Maybe it's finances or work or your health. You know, but you don't want it to be true so you push it aside until you almost forget about it. Then life crashes into you, and you can't fake it anymore. The money's gone. Your boss knows what you did. The test results come back positive. Now what?

There is no single area of life where this is more important than in your relationship with God. We all have ideas about what God should be like. Sometimes those ideas match up with reality. Often they don't.

The question is: When you collide with a truth about God that you've been avoiding, what will you do? Will you retreat back to the safety of your false ideas? Or will you embrace the truth -- as uncomfortable as it may be -- and live in the light of reality?

This is what we're talking about this summer at Shannon Oaks, and it's what I want to talk about here on the blog. So, let's get some ideas flowing by asking a simple question: What's the most uncomfortable truth about God you've collided with lately?