July/August 2010 - Vol. 41
.The Challenge to Change
by Raphael Miller
Sometimes the Truth is hard to handle.
We can turn away from the Truth because often it presents a challenge to
us: the challenge to change. Through a series of talks and small group
discussions over the weekend, I realised that change isn’t always easy.
Most of what was discussed were things I already “knew,” but
One of the speakers [Andy Pettman] quoted the words of Anselm of Canterbury, “Credo ut intelligam”: I believe so that I may understand. Faith and Truth cannot be without one another. [Andy] went on to explain how God leaves a gap in all of us, so that we may fill it with his Truth – which comes from him alone. Through this constant sharing of experiences in small groups, we realised we all struggle with the same lies and falsehoods, but in this we can acknowledge we have the same gap.
Sometimes, we have to make a sacrifice if we want God’s Truth to fill that gap. If we want to become real disciples we eventually have to give into the Truth that compels us to change, even if it is painful at first. The Kairos Weekend was one of the places where this became real. Dozens of us left the Weekend with an amazing drive to change for the sake of Christ and the knowledge and love of Truth.
Truth is one of our greatest spiritual
weapons. Without it we can do nothing with the evil and temptation we face
as young people. On the Kairos Weekend, we came together from many countries
and denominations, yet in all of our individual journeys there is still
one truth. As we are united through one Spirit, we are united by one truth.
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