July 17, 2016

The Truth – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

We wonder if Jesus’s effort to help Pilate understand the significance of truth had any impact. He said…

“I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38)

Was Pilate sincerely seeking information or was he being cynical, as postmodernists today who deny the reality of truth? We don’t know, but if it was a serious conversation about the nature of truth, his hand-washing act indicates he didn’t learn much.

The Bible teaches that “truth” is what it is all about. It makes all the difference in the world and is more valuable than the world.

Solomon knew something about worldly riches and relative values. His conclusion was in an unqualified “buy order.”

“Buy truth, and do not sell it,…” (Proverbs 23:23)

The price doesn’t matter. Once you have obtained it, nothing should persuade you to sell it.

Those who do not have this attitude are unworthy of the truth and will be deprived of it.

“…because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth,…” (II Thessalonians 2:10-12)

Perhaps Pilate illustrates that the attitude is not new, but we should be disturbed by the intentional manipulation, the overt mutilation of truth, so obvious in the political arena, from partisan pulpits and throughout our society.

My wife was in downtown Dallas Thursday, next door to the tragic shooting and I have close a friend and brother who is a policeman with the Dallas Police Department. We have followed the news with special interest.

The comments of the shooter’s sister provide a dramatic illustration of the acceptable malleability of “truth” in the minds of some.

The sister of the shooter, the night before the shooting (July 6, 10:50 PM) posted a revealing Facebook message.

“Tired of y’all trying be on these cops side…White ppl have and will continue to kill us off…hiding behind that blue suit and get off easy murdering civilians. …I for one think these cops need to get a taste of the life we now fear.”

Two days after the shooting she tries to paint a very different picture. The Dallas Morning News reports…

“Nicole Johnson took to Facebook to express her shock. “I keep saying it’s not true,” she wrote. “My eyes hurt from crying.” She later deleted the post, but added: “The news will say what they think, but those that knew him know this wasn’t like him.”

It is considered appropriate at funerals to eulogize, which in some instances turns into what appears to be a lobbying effort, to get the deceased into heaven. It is the thing to do. Telling the truth is not the thing to do. We see politicians succeeding by distortion, twisting, spinning. At times it appears to have become our national pastime.

Christians must determine not to be influenced.

“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.” (Ephesians 4:25)

Nothing is more important, not sensitive feelings, not social, financial or political success…not anything. The truth will not be moved when this earth burns up. The truth, and only the truth, will lead out of this perishing world to the yonder world of eternal life.



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