I am confident that most, if not all, of us remember being in trouble as children and our parents admonishing us, “tell me the truth”. We knew that we had better tell the truth or the consequences would be worse if they found out we lied.
Yet today, we ask for the truth from those we love, from those who advertise on TV or radio, from our politicians. We become discouraged or even angry when we find out that someone has lied to us.
Why do people have so much difficulty telling the truth? Sometimes, in our good intentions, we try to hide the truth so that we won’t hurt someone close to us. And yes, even as adults, sometimes we are afraid of the consequences.
Unfortunately, we find in our current culture many who do not hold anything to be absolutely true. That belief system is called relativism. Even worse is the concept of moral relativism. Space will not permit me to delve into these concepts in great detail, but they are dangerous and held by many, especially those who are of younger generations. It seems like those of us who are “older” do not struggle with truth as much as those who are “younger”, but this statement in itself is not absolutely true! Relativism crosses the generational lines.
AND, relativism is a problem in the Church today. That’s right, it is hard for us to imagine that there are some sitting in our pews on Sunday who struggle with the absolute truth of God’s Word and God’s Son, Jesus. Yet, we cannot cave to the lies of relativism. We must continue to take a stand. Some churches have given in to not preaching the truth in order to attract more attenders and members. This is a sad truth!
The Bible has many things to say about truth, but I especially like the words about truth found in Psalm 119:160:
“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”
We pray: Father, as we approach this new year, please give us the courage to stand for absolute truth, the truth we find in Your Word and in Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we continue to speak Your Truth boldly and with confidence. In Jesus Name, Amen.