Think on: “No disaster overcomes the righteous, but the wicked are full of misery. Lying lips are detestable to the LORD, but faithful people are His delight. PROVERBS 12:21-22
“The greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and realistic.” JOHN F. KENNEDY
Look around. Really. Look around. Do you see the war on truth that is in our midst? Seriously, we’re surrounded by it, and it seems to threaten to go nuclear in its scope – if it hasn’t already. Just look at the hate, the invective, the turpitude we see spewing from the media every day.
Arguably, the biggest problem in today’s world is distrust in Christ. It causes us to lose our souls to sin, as repeated wrongdoing becomes desensitized like a callous. It’s inside us, it’s in the world around us. Tragically, myths abound to which many people – Christian and non-Christian alike – ascribe. They are lies or untruths by any other name. The assault on truth is in defiance of God’s prescribed order, as we and those around us fall victim to lies, distortion, and deception.
I suggest that the biggest deceiver among the untruths is the philosophy of relativism; the premise that all viewpoints can be valid. Relativism has metastasized in today’s society, as we bend truths to meet our own selfish ends. For example, many young people today have devolved religion to moralistic therapeutic deism, essentially a set of moral statutes not exclusive to any one religion but sufficient to meet the perceived needs of their moment in time. We are in a culture that is ever-more-closed to truth being personified in Christ. The distrust is manifested in societal amoral positions on the likes of marriage, gender, sexuality, abortion, and the very existence of God. Even truth is under attack: yours or mine or whomever.
We must stop sabotaging our lives by not developing the best versions of ourselves. We must stop deceiving ourselves and trust in His truth. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said in The Cost of Discipleship, we must die for Christ – that is, give up our innermost selves to seeking and following His truth. Too many churches today have pushed away discipleship and commitment to the authority – the truths – of Scripture. We ever more often find ourselves surrounded by intellectually smart Christians that are Biblically illiterate. In effect, messages delivered from the Bible have morphed into “self-help talks.” It thus becomes easy to substitute as in Romans 1:25, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” Oh my, that is one very truth-laden verse in today’s culture.
So please, look around you. What are you doing to stand for the truth, not just any truth, but God’s truth?