December 17, 2013
The value of truth has been cheapened in our society by a number of forces. We no longer lie, but nuance, spin, re-state, misstate and overstate our position. Truth itself is suspect by many within our borders by the worldviews people hold.
A popular worldview among many in college is called post-modern. They believe that all truth is relative and history is unreliable. Since truth is only in the ear of the beholder, what’s true for me may not be true for you. They believe power and influence are the ultimate deciders of truth and as many that have completed college will attest, challenging a professor’s truth can be hazardous to your G.P.A.
Many in government have taken the view that truth exits only to gain power and the facts are relative only if they help in that struggle. The elitists believe that the people only need to be told what is beneficial to their rulers. Unpleasant details and failures are hidden from the masses as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” comes to life in every news broadcast.
Islam holds no regard for the truth with the Quran, Hadith and Sharia all allowing Taqiyya, an outright lie, and Kitman, a lie committed by withholding information. Both of these are evident in Muslim history and tragically ignored when considering current events.
Christians are commanded to be truthful. Sometimes the truth is not advantageous to our personal circumstance, but we are commanded to speak and live the truth.
The truth of Christmas is we really don’t know when Jesus was born. People far better educated than I have debated dates without resolution. Christmas does coincide with the ancient Roman holiday of Saturnalia, and many today have taken the holiday to that level of debauchery and greed. Many dollars and much thought has been given as to how shape our opinions of what gifts we should give this season.
The truth of Christmas is a small child was born of a virgin to die on a cross. He would drink a cup of wrath filled by our sin so that we would be declared innocent by a Holy God. That loving God offers that ultimate present to all who will receive.
The truth is the most important gift has already been offered. Have you accepted it?
Bob Clark, Edison