Truth Is A Sword

Truth Is A Sword

“Speaking ‘the truth’ is overrated and dangerously misunderstood.

The truth is a sword that must be wielded by a master swordsman who knows when to speak it, how to say it, or whether to just sheathe his sword quietly and let the situation ride itself out.

Influential power brokers play it a level above this by getting an overzealous truth-teller to speak a perilous truth which they also (secretly) believe in so he/she can fall on the sword while they reap the spoils.

Someone is thinking “But the Bible says the truth will set us free”

You did not read it completely.

Jesus said, “And you shall KNOW the truth and the truth shall make/set you free”.

The truth that you KNOW can free you from a mind-made jail.

The truth you SPEAK can land you in a bigger man-made jail.

Even Jesus knew when to keep the truth to himself and be silent.

LIFE APPLICATION

1. Office Politics
Say you work in an office where your boss is disliked by staff. Don’t let them ginger you to say this to his/her face.

They will feed your ego with statements like “That’s why I like Chiamaka. She dey like talk her mind”

The (not)compliment has pushed you to make the statement true.

You tell off the boss vocally as per se you be activist, while the instigator waits to replace you when you’re fired.

2. Politicians
Politicians might secretly dislike a rival, but being aware of the political/financial consequences of openly revealing their angst, they recruit a less discerning pawn to do it for them.

For this to work, of course, the pawn has to believe it was his own idea all along.

When the sword of truth comes for blood, they let the pawn get cut down and they reap the rewards.

3. Manipulative friends/associates
They hate someone more powerful than them and so they wish to take a shot at that person while they maintain plausible deniability.

So they call you and start talking about the person in a negative light. They’re talking to you because they know you don’t have the spirit of discernment.

They know that you’ll own their anger and express it as tactlessly as they hope.

In a bid to prove that you are a loyal friend, you confront the rival with misplaced bravery.

You’ll know it’s set-up when they keep their distance so it seems you’re the lone troublemaker.

Same strategy.

The sword of truth comes for you, they withdraw, you get cut down, they deny they instigated you or that they even agree with your point of view.

This is not new, but where did our case studies (coworkers, politicians and manipulative friends) learn this?

Not sure, but it’s an age-old strategy.

In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.

“𝐼𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐷𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑑 𝑤𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑒 𝑎 𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝐽𝑜𝑎𝑏 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑖𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑈𝑟𝑖𝑎ℎ.

𝐼𝑛 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑒, “𝑃𝑢𝑡 𝑈𝑟𝑖𝑎ℎ 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑡 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑖𝑒𝑟𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑡.

𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑑𝑟𝑎𝑤 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑠𝑜 ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑐𝑘 𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑖𝑒.”

– 2 𝑆𝑎𝑚𝑢𝑒𝑙 11:14

Did you also notice that David sent Uriah to bear the letter that carried instructions for his own execution?

Anyway…back to TRUTH.

The truth is a sword that must be wielded by a master swordsman who knows when to speak it, how to say it, or whether to just sheathe his sword quietly and let the situation ride itself out.

It is my hope that as a master swordsman you treat this weapon like all others – keep out of the reach of children.”

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