In our culture, do we tell the truth?
Today is my dad’s sixty-seventh birthday. Throughout his life, his careers have included everything from carpentry and cable splicing to singing and songwriting. At his core, though, my dad is a thinker.
If you know me well, you’ve probably heard me talk about Myers Briggs personality types. If you’re familiar with this psychological system of typing people, my dad is an INTP. Nicknames for this personality type include the Thinker, the Architect, and the Logician.
According to 16Personalities, “…some of the most influential philosophers and scientists of all time have been Logicians.”
In Gifts Differing, Isabel Briggs Myers says, “INTPs are perhaps the most intellectually profound of all the types.”
Recently, my dad wrote this profound poem about our culture. I pray you’ll take a moment out of your busy day to read it.
The trouble with glass houses
As time has surely shown
Is you cannot make a ruckus
You mustn’t throw a stone
And if your neighbor builds a house
That you know cannot last
You must hold your tongue in silence
Lest a stone at you is cast.
And so, it goes as time goes by
And other houses built
That no one says, “You build on sand—
The glass will twist and tilt.”
Before long, there’s a city
That one strong storm could fell
Where we learn to live in silence
And the truth we never tell.
But the storm will come,
And the glass will break,
And the houses all will fall.
And Truth and Wisdom watch and weep
As no one speaks at all.
We’ve a pact that won’t be broken—
“I’m okay, and you’re okay.”
Who’s to say what’s right or wrong?
No one’s going the wrong way.
So we ride lies to Destruction
No one saying, “Don’t go there.”
We pretend it’s just misfortune
When we end up in despair.
But one honest child could tell us
As we flee from Wisdom’s school
That it’s we who end up broken
When we’re breaking all the rules.
CLOSING THOUGHTS AND A CALL TO ACTION
This morning, when I opened the YouVersion app on my phone, this verse appeared:
“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13, ESV).
I looked up Hebrews 3:13 in other translations, including EASY:
“…help each other to be strong every day. Today, you can still hear God’s message. While that is still true, do not refuse to obey God. Do not think that sin will not hurt you. That is a lie.”
Did you find Dad’s poem compelling? If so, will you share his poem and “help each other to be strong every day?”
So powerful and CONVICTING! Thank you for sharing. ❤️