“No One Cares…when truth doesn’t matter”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
When a society is engulfed by lies, distortions, or half-truths the people begin to believe that truth doesn’t matter. We are close to this being the case in our society. Facts are considered those things that are to be spun to benefit someone or something. Every day a news story breaks and those reporting it give perspectives on the facts rather than simply stating them.
There is something even more troubling to me. Truth in the eye of the beholder is in the church. Basic understandings relating to God’s self-revelation are taught as “perspectives.” The real importance, we’re told, is “How does the Bible impact you?”
I am a Christian Pastor of an evangelical church. I often meet people, as I’m sure you do, who believe truth is a matter of perspective.
This low view of reality is not new. It’s as old as mankind. It’s been around since the “Garden.” Satan’s lie was a denial of absolute truth. “You will not surely die.” Genesis 3:4
Likewise, Jesus faced this phenomenon as He was being questioned by Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus a rhetorical question. He asked, “What is truth?”, John 18:38. For Pilate as for many truth was irrelevant. What really mattered was, who has the power? But unknowingly Pilate’s question expressed the result of absolute truth! God has absolute power. Pilate was standing in the presence of the one who would say, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” Matthew 28:18. Jesus, the God-Man, rules all things. He has absolute power. This is the truth and it matters to all!
A philosophy popularized by Joseph Fletcher in the 60’s called situational ethics, bases ethical decisions on circumstances. Fletcher claimed that this philosophy emphasized the primacy of love. This may sound good and reasonable. You may even think that because it is based on “love” it is gracious and promotes compassion. Yet, as you might expect, one’s definition of “love” is critical in situational ethics. Fletcher defined love in utilitarian terms; that which is loving promotes usefulness.
A further deterioration of culture came about by a philosophy that mirrors situational ethics. It is moral relativism. Moral relativism has no absolutes. The only absolute is that there are no absolutes. Within this philosophy the governing dogma is that everything is relative except the absence of absolutes. This confused thinking is common today. It is the reason many think that truth doesn’t matter.
In moral relativism, truth has no role. One of the horrible results of such a philosophy is the secular view of human life which is the value of human life is derived from its usefulness. The truth is all human life which begins at conception is sacred because God set it apart. Human life has dignity and value because God is the Author.
Opposed to moral relativism is 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 is the word of God. Amos’ vision foretold the coming Messiah. Jesus is the absolute standard. He said that He is the truth, John 14:6.
Men and women will always seek to hide the truth so as to keep their evil deeds from the light of day, John 3:19.
I believe that the centrality of truth is essential if our western culture is to survive. I also believe that the church is accountable to God to teach the truth to her people. All people should expect our church and civil leaders to speak the truth. The starting place is personal. Jesus said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes” or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” Matthew 5:37
Christians are people of truth because genuine Christians are in union with Christ. Believers are purposed by God to bear the fruit of Christ-likeness.
May the church lead the way. May all who profess Christ live the truth, share the truth and by all means expect leaders to speak the truth in all aspects of life.
This is a unique and challenging time. Christian, don’t hide the light of Jesus, the way and the life and the truth, but let it shine!