There’s a lot of concern today about who is telling the truth. From the top leaders on down, there are people stating their case on “both sides of the aisle.”
Truth that flows from its source loses its foundational strength and becomes murky because of situation ethics, political expediency and yellow journalism. Red, blue, right and left defined people often categorize others, while being trapped in their own presuppositions and not the positions of the people they are attempting to define.
Even when arguing against profiling, they are profiling those who they are blaming. A shopping list of accusations and counter claims make up the news. Personalities of the newscasters, and the slanting of their questions in order to get the right opinion polls, bring most people to a new level of confusion as to what is the truth.
Someone has said, “If you tell a lie that is big enough, and say it loud enough, it can, for a while, be passed off as truth.” Media takes an opinion poll and tells us what people think, but the answers are based on the way the questions are asked. In politics the truth is often not important to the answer. Questions are shaped to “keep the vote” and the truth may not be at the top of the list. Four people see an accident. Each one sees it differently. All four will share what they saw from their point of view. When we hear their stories, we must decide, “who’s telling the truth.”
Truth is at the very foundation of our existence. Truth is difficult to define because it is greater than our combined ability to know everything; but we can see it at work in what we feel…what we touch…what we hear and what we see.
The Hebrew prophet Isaiah wrote: “So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.” (Isaiah 59: 14-15)
The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah was told to, “Go up and down the streets…look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.” (Jeremiah 5:1)
Coming to terms with truth was not easy for the prophets and it is not easy for any of us. For thousands of years many have looked to the Bible for solutions to the problems of life. The people who followed Jesus asked this question, “So how can we know the way? Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:5-6)
O Lord, do not your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction. They made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent. I thought “These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God. So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God.” But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds…for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many. “(Jeremiah 5: 3-5)
When you tell them all this they will not listen to you; when you call to them they will not answer. Therefore say to them…”This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips…” (Jeremiah 7:27-28)
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the creator… (Romans 1:18,25)
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)
I guess we could summarize the above with the following scripture: From 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I know this sounds more like a sermon than a blog but I think it is important to say.
I have tried not to be one sided but to quote the scripture on the subject. Ponder all of this and then apply it to the day in which we are bombarded with messages from every side that are hard to believe. That is why we must examine all information in the light of the scriptures and God’s purposes.