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And The Truth Will Set You Free

In the not too distant past, many Americans relied upon the Evening News or their local newspaper to find out current events. If the news anchor said it, or the newspaper reporter wrote it, then it must be true. Today it has become increasingly difficult to find unbiased reporting, or for that matter, reporting that has not been embellished by the reporter.

I once worked for a company where the owner changed the rules as often as the ocean tides. What was expected yesterday was often very different from what was required today. We needed a staff meeting every morning just to give that day’s marching orders. And as the manager charged with carrying out those marching orders it was challenging, confusing, and exhausting.

We all know people who have said they did this or that in their past only to find out that either they have clouded memories or they simply did not tell the truth. I have done a lot of hiring and what some people put on, or left off, their resumes bears witness to that sad reality.

In a quest to be “welcoming and inviting,” even churches these days sometimes stray from the truth. In our opinion, the role of the church is to be relevant to society, not accommodating to it. We are called to contextualize the unchanging gospel message to those around us, not water it down so it is more palatable.

We think you will agree that these days it has become very difficult to find and know real truth. Our culture says that everything is relative and what is true for one might not be true for someone else. And what is truth anyway? A little white lie never hurt anybody, right?

Because there is so much deception in the world, we need to know where we can go to find truth. We need to have a place to go to make sense of the world around us. God has given us the Bible to be that place of unwavering truth. It is our firm foundation on which we can live life. Don’t take our word for it; instead, allow us to share a few verses from the Bible.

In Psalm 119:160 we read this, All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.

God leads us in truth. Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior. Psalm 25:4-5

And we who call ourselves followers of Jesus are called to walk in truth and speak the truth. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Ephesians 4:25

So today, in a culture filled with lies and deception, and competing views of what is true, ask God to reveal His truth to you by becoming grounded in Scripture, and as Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Jn 8:32)

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

2/16/2017

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