We are living in a world that is growing more and more disconnected from any idea of what truth is. It seems that truth has become personal rather than universal. It is a preference to have rather than a principle to be adhered to. As we walk on this earth we will be faced with a difficult choice. Will we uphold the reality of truth or will we cave to the pressure to remain silent?
I have found that denying truth does not change reality. It just affects my confidence in what I see with my eyes and have experienced with my heart and mind. The power of the Gospel is found in its ability to ground my faith and life in the reality of God’s love through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. The Gospel is true and it is powerful, but it does not need me to defend it.
The reality of life is that we are governed by an inherent inclination toward truth. If you don’t believe me ask yourself why we have lie detectors rather than truth detectors? Could it be that our human constitution is designed to warn us when we are about to lie? Just because this mechanism is broken in some, does not diminish the fact that truth is the governing assumption of human communication and experience.
Truth is powerful. Not because we want to make is so, but rather because it can stand on its own without the help of anyone or anything else. We can chose to ignore it or dismiss it, but we can never change it. The truth will stand against all who oppose it because it is grounded in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the constancy of God’s character.
In this season of Lent, are you holding on to truth? I pray that you are.