What's the truth? Here’s something to think about. In our modern, fast-paced, stop for nothing society, not many people in America today are pondering this philosophical question.
I believe truth applied in love and compassion can solve many of this nation’s most vexing problems and struggles. The divorce rate is sky-high. Truth can help. The youth of America are struggling with identity. Truth offers solutions. The national debt threatens the future of America. Truth offers hope. High unemployment continues to dash dreams and lifestyles. Truth has answers. An easy, comfortable retirement seems like a distant dream for many. Truth shouts from above. Immoral behavior seems to be rising like a tempest in society. Truth shines a light into the darkness. Worry and anxiety consume many. Truth speaks like a trumpet.
As more and more people learn about the “other side” of Jon Cash, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to talk to people throughout Hampton Roads about the Lord, Christianity, and my personal testimony about how God changed my life. As my conversation steers through the often times choppy waters of “religious talk”, I have found some people are uncomfortable talking about “truth”. Many ask me, “What is truth?” Others sometimes say, “Well, that’s your truth!” I have some good people say to me, “What is true for you is not true to me,” or “Your truth is not my truth”.
So the question has to be raised, “Is truth relative or is it absolute?” Is it possible for something to be true for one but false for others? If there are two people staring at a blue block and one sees it as blue and another sees it as green, is the person who sees green lying or possibly color blind? Obviously, blue is blue and there is no way of making it green unless you blend it with some yellow. But a person who is color-blind is incapable of seeing the proper color. Truth, in particular the truths that the Bible teaches, are clear as day to those who humble themselves before God and are open to His ways. Yet, those who have pride ruling their hearts are “blinded” by that pride to the beauty of absolute truth that God teaches through Scripture.
I know that some people reading this may think I’m sounding somewhat judgmental. I am not qualified to judge anybody. My job as a minister is to point people toward the Truth, the Judge, and the Savior of all mankind. The Bible clearly teaches that God hides His truth and the deep secrets of the Kingdom of God from those who are haughty of heart. It also teaches that those who come to Him with meekness and an open spirit will be filled with truth, and it’s that truth that will set them free!
Is the Hampton Coliseum located in Hampton? The simple answer is “yes.” What if somebody came to you and told you that it was in Newport News? Would you argue with them? Would you yank out your map and show them their error? Maybe you would Google it and show them the satellite picture. If you really wanted to make your point, you might drive them straight there and defiantly point to the name on the sign. Yet, no matter what you do, nothing can convince them that the Coliseum is in Hampton. Why am I making this silly analogy? Truth can only be found with the Author of truth. Truth, by its very definition, is founded and sustained by God. Societies come and go. Mankind lives on earth a short time and then returns to the dust of the earth. Our lives and experiences do not determine truth for us but rather reveal our willingness to embrace His truths or discard them as archaic or outdated or even judgmental. History teaches that cultures do one of three things regarding truth.
1. A culture can embrace the truths of God and create a just society based on God’s laws through a thoughtful interpretation of the scriptures. Most of our founding fathers were Christians and proved this was possible through the divinely inspired documents of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.
2. A society can embrace partial truth and create a society where the laws of the land may or may not be just based on the leaders currently in office. People living in this culture have varied beliefs and there is much division and disagreements about religion, truth, and God’s place in society. I believe we live in this type of culture today. For many, truth is relative and not absolute.
3. A nation can completely turn its back on God and His truth. Nazi Germany did this to the destruction of millions of innocent lives. The former Soviet Union kicked God out of the country through their Communist system of lies and propaganda. Tens of millions were murdered as a result. When God and truth are eradicated from a nation, evil prospers and spreads like a wildfire.
America has transitioned from the first society after the War of Independence to the second society today. Jesus Christ said, “A kingdom divided amongst itself cannot stand.” We live today in a country divided by religion and politics. There are those who seek the truth and find life and there are those who don’t seek truth and find emptiness. Truth seems to be a dividing line among the masses with the two sides taking their places and drawing lines in the sand. While there have always been disagreements about how to run the country and what is right and wrong, those arguments today have been enflamed by the passion on both sides who believe they are correct in their thinking. Truth is absolute and I believe the source of all truth is found in the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. What other book or document claims to be authored by God Himself?