What good is trusting in something that is not the truth?
- Jim Shempert
Last week, I was flipping through my phone and saw an interesting meme. It said simply, “Live your Truth.” I saw it a little later in an article about a celebrity who was dressed entirely inappropriately and some of their supporters said the same thing, “Live your truth girl.” One wonders, what is truth? Am I living mine? If I am living my truth, is there any room for anyone’s opinion other than mine? And, in the end, doesn’t that line of thinking make me the center of my universe?
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us” (John 14:5-8).
Many times in today’s culture, having such a focused view is regarded as antiquated or elitist. Today, it has become popular for the media and our politicians to question the intelligence of anyone who can “believe so blindly” in a Man we have never met. To the Christian, we know that this could not be further from the truth. C.S. Lewis said “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
“That’s a little simple,” you say. And when did simplicity become a drawback? Anytime I am confronted with the accusation of the simplicity of the Christian position, I point people to the teachings of Jesus. He could have come to earth and spoken far above the comprehensions of man, for he was equally God and Man but the message would not have been understood. So He often taught in parables. Now the thing about parables is that they are meant to both reveal and conceal. Reveal to the yearning and humble heart but conceal from the autonomous and proud heart.
“The disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand (Matthew 13:10-13.)”
What good is hearing the truth if you do not understand? What good is trusting in something that is not the truth? What good exists in placing your eternal destination in an idol you have created in your mind?
American culture is so afraid of the least bit of criticism nowadays, that we have created a social construct of accepting absolutely everything, as long as there are no absolutes. There can be no absolute right or wrong, or the whole thing falls apart. America has placed her faith in the fact that “you are ok, and I am ok, and we are all ok.”
That may fly for American culture but it completely contradicts the word of God. In my mind, if Jesus specifically said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life…” then the truth resides in Him. If I call myself a Christian, I have to weigh the decisions I make with Him as the fulcrum. If I take a “you do your thing and I do mine” stance, then I am saying that I don’t truly believe the teachings of Jesus. I don’t believe Him when He says in John 10:9, “I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” Moreover, you don’t believe this verse, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3).”
John Adams famously said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” In the life of a Christian, our facts, our truth comes from the teachings of Jesus. His ways are higher than ours. His thoughts are higher than ours. His love is deeper than ours could ever be. The fact that He was innocent yet suffered an excruciatingly horrible death in my place just to prove to me that He loves me is worthy of my attention, my devotion, and my life.
You see, my truth is this, I am the worst of sinners. When I take stock of my life, there is nothing worthy of the Holy sacrifice of Christ. Yet, He loved me. He loved me enough to choose His own death in my place. Before His death, He prayed for me specifically. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world (John 17:24.)”
To prove His love for me, He died and was resurrected through the power of God. But wait, there is more. Colossians 3 tells me, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4).”
That’s my truth. What’s yours?