Truth is Important
I had a blog six or more years ago called “Truth is A Real Person”. Although the site morphed into many things, that concept was still very real for me in my writing. At least I wanted it to be.
I’ve struggled with lying because it’s in a sense the easiest thing to do. It’s your get out of jail free card, and it doesn’t always seem to hurt anyone. But truth, that hurts. It’s easier to avoid the difficulty of truth by simply pointing in a different direction, and sometimes we mean well. Just call it green. Green is kinda blue. It’s blue with a yellow tint.
How about when it comes to our faith? How much does the truth matter to us as opposed to our feelings? ‘If it works for me then it’s okay’ doesn’t really work, at least not in God’s eyes. And that’s the truth.
Are we willing to dig deeper rather than accept what others tell us? [Do like the Bereans. (Acts 17:11)] Are we willing to ask what the text of scripture is actually saying in the context rather than hold so tightly to our long-held traditions? Are we willing to let the word of God be the standard and not merely quote scriptures out of context that make us feel good? Are we willing for God to be the standard and not the people we insist are men of God? Jesus had a lot to say about that.
“You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” (Mark 7:9)
He was speaking to the religious leaders of His time. I wonder what our Lord would say to the religious leaders of our time!
Sometimes we mean well when we don’t pay much attention to the truth. We think to ourselves, “As long as this is going to help somebody, what’s the harm in it?” And sometimes, we don’t even realize that what we hold as truth is not true at all.
I love the truth, but my flesh doesn’t. I love that God is Supreme authority and His word is law. I love that it’s the truth that would set me free. I love that it’s the truth that has set me free. I love that the truth is enough to save. It is enough to preserve. It is a power against the enemy, remember? “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” (Ephesians 5: 14)
I’d rather be on the side of truth even if it’s not as flashy or as sweet, or as appealing as the side of almost, not quite, possibly, perhaps, acceptable, and completely wrong.
The truth is important. Read the scriptures for yourself with a heart of humility and trust towards God. Or else, what’s the point? Or else, be your own god.