John 8:32 ( ESV) “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I have searched for truth since childhood. All I knew was that God’s Word said, “Truth was a person and it was all important.”
The word truth itself sounds simple enough, but the more I searched for it, the more I realized we humans tend to entertain all degrees of what we consider it to be. Not to mention the enemy’s deceitful imitation of it, which often looks and feels like the real thing, but is not! We tend to forget the word “truth” means true fact, reality or certainty.
I like what Priscilla Shirer said in her book, The Armor of God. “The enemy shades reality with enticing colors, seducing us away from black and white principles and he hides the consequences in the fine print while highlighting only the parts that appeal to our self-gratifying selves.” Amen Sister!
Today I realize we must be very careful where we pursue truth. because most claim to possess it. Everyone from the current latest greatest champions of products to those trying to convince us that they are the true blue political solve it “allers” of our day. Christopher Mims, writer for the Wall Street Journal recently had this to say about truth and political issues, He said, “Christians are called to stand above the partisan dissension and demonstrate a better way. Should we care about our country? Yes. Should we vote? Yes. Should we have an opinion? Yes. and as a believer, it’s time we talk about politics in a way that models the teachings of Jesus rather than mocking them.”
I believe “Real Truth” is the foundation for all else in life, unlike the worldview which is usually distorted. This amusing little poem reminds me of this kind of distortion. “My face in the Mirror, Isn’t wrinkled or drawn. My house isn’t dirty the cobwebs are gone. My garden looks lovely, and so does my lawn. I think I might never put my glasses back on.” (unknown author)
So how does one go about deciding what real truth is? For me, it all begins with the Word of God, which is the most owned and read book of all time. In fact, the accumulated discoveries of archeology over the past few decades confirm that even its smallest details are accurate. It is also a deep well of wisdom where we can find answers to every reasonable question.
That said, Believers need to use God’s Word as a filter for their choices. For example, in the upcoming election the biggest question of the day is, “Whom should a Believer vote into office”? Well; that would be persons whose lives are the closest aligned to Godly principles such as honesty, integrity, tenacity, humility, self-control, and experience, only to name a few. A leader must define and exhibit high moral and ethical character. They need to say what they mean and mean what they say. They also need to have a solid reputation for honesty and honor. After all, God’s Word says, “Do not to be unequally yoked,” and that doesn’t mean just with spouses. No one can tell you how to vote, but WISDOM provides an excellent set of credentials as a guide, and “TRUTH” must be the first in the lineup.
What about you? What does truth mean to you and how do you measure it?