Friday, April 1, 2022

Jell-O Truth


You have to be older to appreciate the joys of Jell-O. When it first came out, Jell-o was absolutely captivating. Not so much for the taste, but for its color and moldability. The bright reds, yellows and greens of Jell-O could make even the drabbest dinner of meat loaf and mashed potatoes seem vibrant. But even more thrilling was the fact that one never knew what shape the Jell-O would take. For most it came in a bowl, but for those who had more daring meal preparers, one might expect just about anything from Jell-O in the form of a fish, a bird, a building. You name it, Jell-O could be molded in that form. 

Ever changing Jell-O forms are fun and diverting. But when human beings try to do the same thing with truth, the results aren’t as positive. Pontius Pilate summarized Jell-O truth when he sarcastically asked Jesus of Nazareth the question, “What is truth?” That question is still on the lips of billions of people 2000 years later. The venerable Mark Twain said, “Never let truth get in the way of a good story.” To the question, “Does truth still matter,” an article in Fortune magazine responded, “Yes, but we must be careful how we define truth.” 

The truth about truth is that if you ask 10 people how they define truth you will probably get 10 different answers. It seems like the most culturally acceptable answer to the question, “What is truth?” is, “Whatever you want it to be.” Sounds open minded, right? You believe what you want about truth, and I believe what I want, and everybody is cool. 

But then there is what Jesus says about truth. He makes us very uncomfortable with the whole subject when he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” So maybe truth isn’t as much like Jell-O as we thought. And once you discover the truth of Jesus, you’ll be very glad it isn’t.     

Weekend worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm & Sunday: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

My photo
Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.