The Truth Brings Peace
As I pen this article my thoughts go to the crisis we are confronted with in our country today. It is perhaps the most threatening crisis we have or possibly could face as a nation and as citizens living in it. Now I’m old enough to remember when the Soviet threat had my neighbor across the street digging a hole in his back yard so he could build a bomb shelter. I remember the Cuban missile crisis of the 1960’s. I remember the oil crisis of the 1970’s, the savings and loan crisis of the 1980’s, and the financial crisis of the 1990’s which followed. The Ebola crisis of recent months has frightened us all to our cores, yet this and all the rest pale in comparison to the real crisis facing us as a people today. What, then, is this crisis? It is, quite simply, a truth crisis. The recent happenings in Ferguson, Missouri, have vividly displayed what happens when people have no concern, respect, or trust for the truth. The most recent election displayed how truth suffers in the quest to paint one’s opponent in a negative light and one’s self in the positive. Our nation’s politics have caused us to become a jaded population as truth has been sacrificed for political gain, advancement, or survival. When we cannot trust that people are telling us the truth we simply cannot trust people. When we cannot trust people, division occurs. When division occurs peace is lost.
We just celebrated Christmas where we recognize that it was into just such a world that God sent His Son. It was a jaded, cynical, chaotic world which saw the birth of the Prince of Peace. It should not escape our notice that the source of that peace is bound up in truth. John 18:37 records Jesus telling us, “for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the word, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth listens to me.”
We should not be surprised that to the same degree that Christ is removed from our nation’s consciousness, truth suffers and chaos results. In the midst of that chaos, however, we should not despair or lose hope because we know that when Christ Jesus makes His next appearance every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the Truth. Until then we who have come to know the Truth need to introduce others to Him who said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” And in doing so, even in the midst of chaos, others will come to have the same peace within which comes from having the Truth living within our lives.