“That,” someone says sweetly, “is just your interpretation of scripture. There are,” they add knowingly, “many other interpretations.” “You know,” someone else says during a religious discussion, “that’s not what that passage means to me.”
There is in our society today only one absolute truth: There is no absolute truth! There was a time when we admired a man for standing on conviction, expressing his beliefs even if they were unpopular. Today we call such a man a bigot.
“These truths we hold, well, uh, to be unreliable …”
You know, it’s funny, when we talk about morals and doctrine, there seem to be no truths that we can know for certain, but that’s not the way we behave in any other walk of life!
When a policeman pulls you over for speeding, you were either guilty of speeding, or you were not. It’s possible of course that the policeman’s mechanism was faulty. But in that case the truth is that you were not speeding.
Nashville is either the capital of Tennessee or it is not. You might wish it were not — you might prefer that the capital be Pinson. You’re allowed to have your opinion about which town should be the capital, but until some change is made, your opinion does not change the truth one whit. The state capital is still the Music City.
Truth frees us. “You shall know the truth,” Jesus declares, “and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32).
“Sanctify them by the truth,” he declares elsewhere, “your word is truth” (John 17:17).
Without truth, there are a lot of people still in bondage. There are a lot of people who have not been sanctified.
I’m sorry — that’s the truth!