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Sudbury faith: There is always more to the story

Sudbury faith: There is always more to the story

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We were at work preparing the Kids Kamp ready for the summer camping season. Bob (not me) was under the camp bus working on repairs.

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Syl came to him with a message from our foreman. “He wants all of us at the building site.”

Bob: “I’m not coming till I finish this. I won’t be long.”

Syl tells the foreman, “Bob says, ‘I’m not coming.’”


So he storms off to give Bob a piece of his mind.

Syl laughs at the thought of what is going to happen.

Bob was walking towards the building site as he met the red-faced, livid foreman. After a tongue lashing, Bob tried to explain exactly what he said to Syl. Syl was a happy boy. He had caused some trouble.

The foreman realized who was at fault here and fumed, “Syl, you lied to me.“

“No, I didn’t. I told you exactly what he said, just not all of what he said.”

We all know people like that. A parent tells a teen that they don’t want them to see a certain movie at the theatre, so the teen streams it instead.  That way, when asked, he can tell the truth. “I did not go to the theatre to see the movie.”

He is technically telling the truth, just like Syl.

It’s possible that you may feel that politicians do this kind of thing. The news reports that a political leader declares, “All those protesters are neo-Nazis and anarchists.”

Then we find out that there were Jews among the protesters. And that some of them were freely cleaning the public toilets at nearby fast-food joints because of all the extra human traffic.

Certainly, some protesters were naughty and carried flags that should never be flown, but not all those protesters could possibly have been the evil anarchists they were being declared to be.

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Can any large group of people be that homogenous? But if you only want to give part of the truth – it looks like you can’t really be accused of lying.

And if you are one of the people who is only getting part of the truth, and you don’t know it, you really think you are getting all of the truth. You may not really know if you are being deceived.

And once you declare that you believe what you are being told, well, when you are sure you know it all, you know it all. Why use facts to confuse things?

But what if there is more to learn? It’s like that saying: “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him,” (Proverbs 18:17).

There is always more that we can learn about anything that happens.

My dad had a difficult time expressing love. I discovered that his father’s first wife, who bore a pile of children, died.

His father re-married a young bride who bore him three more kids, including my dad. There was some friction between family one and family two. By the time my dad was 10 years old, both his mother and father had died. He had to go and live with his oldest half-brother’s family, who already had too many kids to feed in a poverty-stricken Newfoundland fishing village. Learning this helped me understand why my dad was the way he was.

There is always more to the story.

I don’t like being misled. So, I need to realize my information should be open to further examination.

You don’t know a subject by reading a paragraph. Reading a chapter does not equal reading the book.

Reading the book does not equal reading the library.

There is always more to the story.

Bobby Walsh is the pastor at Markstay Pentecostal Church.