What is truth? Does truth matter?
Folks these days seem to react to truth in a number of ways. For some, truth is unwavering. For others, truth seems driven by whatever agenda influences the person at the moment.
I am reminded of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responding to questions at a Congressional Hearing some months ago regarding the Benghazi incident. When asked to provide details of the incident her response was, “What difference does it make?” The difference it makes in that incident is that four Americans were killed. Some would agree with Secretary Clinton. Others would say that it makes a great deal of difference, referring to a verse from Isaiah, chapter 45, verse 19b: “I the Lord speak the truth. I declare what is right.” The difference is that for the Christian truth becomes a matter of life and death.
Some time ago I preached a sermon on sinful behavior and used the example of adultery. Some in the congregation were upset that I would have the audacity to declare that some folks were guilty of sinful behavior. Other would agree with the words of scripture that declare certain behaviors sinful. When confronted by those that were upset my response was, “What does Scripture say about such behavior?” Folks were more concerned about wanting to behave a certain way than they were about the word of the Lord.
Lest the reader think I declare certain folks guilty of sinful behavior Scripture states that we are all sinners and we are all guilty of sinful behavior. The good news is that God leads us to repentance whereby we receive the forgiveness of our sins. And through repentance and the forgiveness of sins we receive the gift of eternal life. If we profess to be Christian then we need to live by that creed. And if we have a problem with what Scripture says about sinful behavior then we need to be taking that problem to God.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (New Living Translation)
Truth still matters, at least from God’s perspective.