“I won’t wash my hands anymore.”

on “opinions”, testing the truth, and maintaining relationships (even when it is hard)

But that part, about being “right”, is where I got stuck recently.

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And then it struck me. This phrase, “It’s all opinions” brought to my mind Pilate’s words as he washed his hands before allowing an angry mob to kill Jesus.

What is truth?” Pilate said.

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I am tempted to wash my hands of all of it, to turn my back and walk away because it is too much to argue, too challenging to be a voice that someone might listen to, too difficult to find ways to respond with care instead of frustration.

For me, having been raised in the Southern Baptist church with “sword drills” and memorizing verse after verse of scripture, my interpretive framework is one where the cynicism of Pilate leads to the death of an innocent man. We are instructed to stop and help others as did the Good Samaritan. We who call ourselves Christian have a responsibility to love God and others.

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Test everything; hold on to what is good.

Being wrong is okay; being wrong is the human condition.

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clinical social worker, spiritual director, author, husband, father, son, runner in Georgia, co-author of When Anxiety Strikes from Kregel Publications.

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