By: James Gordon
Despite its flaws, "Denial" shows us the sinister underside of fake news, hate-driven ideology and revision of history as a programmatic exercise in persuasion. (Photo: Bleecker Street)
You don’t know this man, the one who gave you your name, the one who called you to come and follow? You don’t know the one you heard preach and teach, the one you saw help and heal? You don’t know the one who stilled the storm, or walked on the water, or fed the multitude? You don’t know the one you called the Messiah, the Son of the Living God? You don’t know the one who was transfigured on the mountain, whose face you saw shining like the sun? You don’t remember how the voice of God thundered from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” You don’t remember how he touched you, and helped you to your feet, and told you not to be afraid? That’s funny. But fear is a funny thing. It can do this to you. It can drive all knowledge of Jesus straight out of your head.
What is it that we do not want to leave in the Lenten season, as in denial, but take with us, as in growth?
Denial is something we all do. It short-circuits growth, robs us of joy, and interferes with freedom. This Lent, perhaps it's time to deny denial and come to terms with the truth.