What lessons can we draw from Da T.R.U.T.H?
A while ago the press was awash with the news of Emmanuel “Da Truth” Lambert’s stumble. You could see Christians all over discussing this issue in drones. On social media it was everywhere, Da Truth has fallen! I guess when you are in a position open to the public eye your transgressions are also open to public scrutiny. We discussed this topic in a previous post.Christian Leaders Scandals…What has gone wrong? , various comments were left with all sorts of variable opinions. Yet only God could have penned Da Truth’s resurrection! What lessons can we draw from it all?
1. Even leaders are human
For some reason we tend to forget that those leading us are just as human as we are. They too are flesh and blood, they face the same if not more temptations than we do. The feel the same way that we do. If we are to be honest we all have fallen short of God’s glory, we are all sinners. I found it astounding though the number of individuals that were quick to cast stones at Da Truth in whatever way. Jesus said “Let he that has no sin cast the first stone.”
2. The righteous may fall
Alone we are filthy and sinful, however in Christ we find righteousness. Once we step out of him we are bound to fall, but this time we have no one to pick us up. It is Christ that picks us up when we have fallen. In an interview that I heard of Da Truth he openly admitted that he had grown apart from Christ. It took returning back to that first love to reform. This is a long race that we are in, we may stumble along the way but what matters most is how we pick ourselves up and carry on.
3. Accepting Fault
I believe the first step of healing is accepting fault. Romans teaches that salvation begins only when man accepts that he has sinned. I was not personally in a position to see this happen in Da Truth’s life, however I have been able to hear testimony of this in interviews.
4. Working through it
It is one thing to accept fault and yet another to actually want to work on rebuilding that which has been broken as a result of that fault. For Da Truth marriage was at stake, credibility as a minister was also at stake. Most would have easily curved and conceded defeat but he chose to let God lead him through it. This is however not possible without the strength of the woman who has a willpower to work with you through this. More power to Mrs. Lambert, may the Lord continue to increase her. I understand from one of his interviews that Da Truth had support from industry veterans and other believers. That is what Christianity is about, being able to pull a brother up when he is down, and not talk or kick him down.
5. Re-launching and Resurrecting
Just because Christ died did not mean that he could not live again! In the same sense, just because you have fallen does not mean that you do not get up and walk again. I was blessed to see Da Truth back in ministry again. Although many tongues were still wagging he soldiered on.
6. Speaking it out (Sin come out through the mouth)
Having fallen in the public eye, I believe the most empowering thing that Da Truth did during his rise back up was to address his sin in the public eye as well. This closes another loophole that the enemy would exploit. Once secrecy is removed, the wagging tongues begin to decrease in number. The enemy’s power is in secrecy. That’s why many found his album “The Whole Truth” very powerful and empowering. It was written from a broken man’s point of view. I have spoken to some broken man who have been helped in their mending phase by just listening to that album.
7. Refocusing on what matters
It is easier to get through all this but harder to refocus on what really matters. In the same way a surfer who is attacked by a shark will not find it easy to ride the waves again. We’ve all seen Da Truth do this through the grace of God. Being able to refocus on family and on ministry. We’ve seen him tour the US and Africa and release his latest album “Love, Hope, War” He is a testimony that indeed J.I.F.E. (Jesus is for everybody). I for one am grateful to have witnessed the hand of the Lord work on this man. To watch the porter remould a broken vessel!!!
My only wish is that the church learns to view situations more like Christ did. To love when one is undeserving. To lift those who fall instead of talking about them or just watching them. As you finish reading this post I would like to ask you to just take a moment to bow your head and send a prayer up for Da Truth, for his wife, for his family, for his ministry and all that concerns him.
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