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Why do many people like someone who “tells it like it is?”

…and what does that really mean anyway?

Is telling it like it is about truth when it comes down to it?  Or is about being really pissed off and expressing anger vocally?

Are those that are interested in someone who “tells it like it is” really just interested in someone who sounds pissed off because that’s what they are?

Does “telling it like it is” give that person a license to be a jerk?  What if someone else calls that person a jerk because they are “telling it like it is” about that person?

Is there a way to tell it like it is in a different way than being rude and obnoxious?

Is there a metric or something to measure against what the “it” is – you know something that fact checks the “it” in “telling it like it is?”

Or is that just not important because the person who is “telling it like it is” is saying whatever they are saying with passion and lots of emotion for others to get wrapped up in.

Do we really believe that there really are politicians who tell it like it is out of the goodness of their hearts?  Politicians, whether long-term politicians or new comers, couldn’t possibly “tell it like it is” in order to build up their own power could they?  In order to manipulate and get more support for a political message, maybe?

What if asking all of these questions is a way of telling it like it is?  What if you don’t like it?  Does that matter since I’m telling it like it is?  Or am I not doing that because I’m not insulting you, the reader, in the way I tell it like it is?

Someone else told it like it is – long ago.  But did it in a far different manner.  He pointed out the flaws of society and culture and offered an alternative.  It was very upsetting, but not because he insulted people or was rude.  It was upsetting because he told the truth about the world – a truth that the world didn’t want to admit.  It was so upsetting that he was killed by those who didn’t want to acknowledge the truth that he talked about.  That person was Jesus.  Jesus told it like it is.  Yet somehow, so many don’t want to listen to what Jesus had to say and continues to say today about the world, society, and culture.  Jesus’ telling it like it is doesn’t fit into our anger – we want someone to pay damn it!  Jesus’ telling it like it is doesn’t fit with our desire to exclude and separate.

Maybe telling it like it really is not something we really want to hear – especially when it is focused on us and our lives and our culture.  Maybe we’d rather just be angry and throw a tantrum and be a victim instead.  It’s much easier.  It’s not pleasant to be told what it is, regardless of what “it” is.

But that’s what Jesus does.