april 7th - Truth
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. Prov 3:3-4 (NKJV)
It is amazing how many times have I watched a dramatization of a court scene where the witness is getting ready to take the stand. They place one hand on the Bible and raise the other hand into the air and agree to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In real life it is rare that we hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Some historians have suggested that we have entered a new era of Post-Truth.
When it comes to politicians, I am interested in receiving one thing--count it--one thing in return for my support. I want the truth. As you have probably already surmised, I am generally turned off by politicians, because they generally say what people want to hear, or things that will give them the greatest chance to be reelected with little regard to the facts or truth. For the record, I hope that truth is not as subjective as politicians seem to make it, for I believe that it takes a clear understanding of the facts in order to solve real problems.
I was having a "discussion" with my then 4 year old grandson, Ayden. "Ayden, I see that you are all bundled up in your blanket this morning." "Grandpa, I am not bundled up, I am covered up by my blanket." "Ayden, it's the same thing." "No it is not!" "You just need to trust me Ayden, in this instance 'bundled up and covered up' mean essentially the same thing." "Grandpa, that is not true." "Ayden, I know more than you do--I am older than you--so, you'll just have to trust me." "Grandpa, that is not the truth--you are not older than me!" (I think that Ayden might have a future in politics)
With the emergence of situational ethics and an ever-evolving set of cultural values it makes it seem as if truth is something that is subjective, as if truth is determined by the latest poll of people's opinions. Followers of Christ should reject the notion that there is no such thing as absolute truth. In the words of the Psalmist, "The entirety of Your word is truth." (Psalms 119:160) Jesus stated, "Whoever hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on the rock..." Let me encourage you to stand in the truth that you have received from God's Word and that you apply those truths to the living of life. There is no doubt that you will be blessed by both God and man.
Author's Note: Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year for 2016 was "Post-Truth." Post-Truth is defined as: "Post-truth is a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored." In the midst of praying for His disciples Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth." This is the reason we cling to truth as revealed by God. Our truth is not in flux--it is not disconnected from the facts--it is not in dispute among the saints--it will not pass away. RJD