On Monday I put up a great video interview with Bono. It was a conversation about the Psalms and about honesty in prayer and in art. As a side note, it made me wonder: is all good art ultimately some form of prayer aimed at either God or something bigger than us? What continues to strike me is that something as simple as just being honest is actually truly frightening to most of us. We don’t like being honest with ourselves because we then have to face the real us. We don’t like being honest with others because it puts us in the vulnerable place of possibly being disliked or even abandoned. We certainly don’t like being honest with God because He has every right to treat us in all kinds of scary ways if we told Him what we really thought.
As I prepare to preach this coming Sunday, I’m digging up all kinds of research that essentially is saying our American culture has become the most emotionally disconnected, and most fearful of honesty than almost any other culture on the planet. As a result we have become, what researcher Brene Brown, describes as “The most in-debt, obese, addicted, and medicated adult cohort in history.” Clearly, our fear of honesty isn’t really working for us.