Translation for us?
We are right.
Our views, our take, our extracted 10% of the Bible's verses?
Hmmm, how about that! We are right!
Truth was not the sledge hammer used against the world. It was the axe laid at religion's root. It is to hit us between the eyes in order that we open them to see the world. Fundamentally, a huge percentage of the church does it's battle within our four walls. We accomplish this without really touching the world we verbalize as to what should be our mission.
The religious mocked John the Baptist because he dressed weird and his diet matched his dress. On the other hand they didn't like Jesus either claiming he ate and drank the wrong things....a drunkard and a glutton.
Truth is assumed by all to be the defining code of accurate spirituality. A struggle develops immediately when those of us who parade it most fail to recognize a pattern set in the early church of legalistic Pharisee-typical behavior has rotted our roots.
The world knows this about us; but we don't.
They said John the Baptist had a demon and that Jesus chummed with sinners. Neither pleased the establishment. Both were of truth. Jesus is the truth.
It is not our stance that makes it so. Neither it is our deep hunger for any God-facet. It is the mysterious call of Jesus to go where the Truth-Keepers refuse to go; to the tax-gatherers and sinners of our communities.
It isn't all the self-preserving church has cracked it up to be. It is, though, the hope of every soul if we will have the courage to aggressively move into our regions with the charming and compassionate nature of the real truthful Jesus embedded within each.