“Truth… Is it Important?”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
It seems that every day a new story is breaking that reveal lies told to the public. It is amazing to me that some, possibly many don’t seem to care. Even and especially our leaders consumed with their own self-interest and power don’t care about truth and try to convince all of us that truth is based on perception, presumably theirs!
This troubling symptom of our American Culture leads me to ask, “Is truth important?” I am a Christian Pastor of an evangelical church. I meet people every day who are unaware of the truth or fail to see its relevance. I have talked with many over the years who live as though truth doesn’t matter. In other words, they live in denial!
I and every genuine Christian know the answer to the question of truth. The obvious answer is truth is important! It must be important because truth is reality. In order to avoid reality, men have developed the philosophy that there are no absolutes. Men suppress the truth in their unrighteousness, Romans 1:18.
The absolute that these deniers hold is that there are no absolutes. Within this philosophical system, the governing dogma, “there are no absolutes”, everything is relative. If you are thinking that this is the height of confusion, you’re right. It is illogical and disastrous.
There are many biblical texts that emphasize the absolute standard of God’s word, which is always true and reliable. Amos 7:8, “… The LORD said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
The plumb line that God showed Amos was the word of God. This vision foreshadowed the coming Messiah. Jesus is the standard, the plumb line. He said that He is the truth, John 14:6.
As a result of this pervasive idea of relative truth, we must live in the awareness of being surrounded the liars and deceivers who say that truth is in the eye of the beholder.
Jesus said, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” John 3:19
Men will always seek to hide the truth so as to keep their evil deeds from the light of day. The Apostle Paul wrote this, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”
Truth is important and men lie. So, what are men and women of integrity to do? Jesus taught His disciples that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied, Matthew 5:6. Ultimately, the truth will prevail.
I believe that truth in the public sphere is a necessity. I also believe that those who are people of integrity have a responsibility to expect our leaders to tell the truth. The starting place is close to home. Jesus said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes” or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” Matthew 5:37 Individuals of integrity are the starting point, especially professing believers in the Risen Lord Jesus.
Truth matters and it matters profoundly. It is absolute. Make decisions in life based on the truth, not on someone’s perception or opinion.
We are living in a critical time. Our nation is at a crossroad. Truth is one way and error another. Error and lies will only lead to disaster. Jesus said that the truth will set you free. We stand for freedom. Those who say that they cherish freedom should be truthful. Those who are truthful are men and women who know that there is absolute truth and live in accordance with it. Those who do should be held accountable to live what they profess. Those whose past behavior reveals that they are relativists should not be taken seriously, let alone be elected to public office or chosen to lead in the church.
Truth is indeed important! Our, your future depends upon it. You may try to ignore or suppress it. But, we will all stand before the truth, Jesus Christ and give an account for what we’ve done, 2Corinthians 5:10. He is ultimate truth and He expects men and women to live truthfully!