I was lured by an article claiming that all liars have one thing in common. When I clicked on it, what I found was an article that redirected me to a website that basically allows you to do a background check on yourself. In the reviews, one guy exclaimed, “Thanks for your amazing website. I just discovered that my girlfriend is a registered sex offender!” Imagine that.
I suppose it’s helpful to know what’s out there in the public domain—particularly if it’s about you. It doesn’t hurt to know the truth—or does it? There’s an old saying that goes, “The truth hurts.” Yeah… I can attest to that. I suppose we all can.
The Inevitable Happened
I went to the site, put in my name, and waited to see what bad things can been gleaned about me in cyberspace. I wasn’t too worried about my girlfriend (since I don’t have one—unless you count my lovely Bride). The inevitable happened, of course. I got all the way to the end only to discover that I needed to pay $27.78 to find out what the report had to say. I was a tad disappointed, but there’s another old saw that says, “Ignorance is bliss.” I guess I’ll opt for that one. Even if I pay the money, nothing’s going to change.
Living in ignorance is probably not the best way to travel through life. I remember a guy who showed up at a worship service I was conducting. He had never attended worship prior to that day. When he told me the reason he stopped in, I was a bit amazed.
He said that he was at his job, down in a pit, repairing a machine. He was, in essence, trapped. By that, he meant he couldn’t get away from his work partner who proceeded to share the Gospel with him.
He Never Wanted to Know
Up to that point in life, he never wanted to know. He felt that, if he didn’t hear about God, he couldn’t be held responsible. Once he had heard the truth, he knew it was time to get with the program. For him, ignorance was bliss. Fortunately, the truth set him free.
I suppose a lot of us want to live in the bliss of ignorance. Common sense tells us that it’s a bit dangerous to do so, but many of us still slog along with that attitude. In some ways, it’s just easier. Why go through the process of truth discovery when you can sail along without it? Why indeed.
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy to remind him about his own former ignorance. He indicated that he was shown mercy despite his ignorance so he might be able to share the Gospel with others that they might be able to overcome their ignorance as well. He makes it sound like we’re not supposed to live in the darkness. The Gospel of John does say that Jesus is the Light that shines in our darkness. I guess he was right.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]