Word of the Week: Truth

Truth.BoulderA businessman was interviewing applicants for the position of divisional manager. He devised a simple test to select the most suitable person for the job. He asked each applicant the question, “What is two and two?”

The first interviewee was a journalist. His answer was “twenty-two.”

The second applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a calculator and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001.

The next person was a lawyer. He stated that in the case of Jenkins v. Commr. of Stamp Duties, two and two was proven to be four.

The last applicant was an accountant. The businessman asked him, “How much is two and two?”

The accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door, closed it then came back and sat down. He leaned across the desk and said in a low voice,

“How much do you want it to be?”

Thanks to Pam of Leitchfield, Kentucky, for suggesting the word of the week: “Truth.”

People today speak today “stretching the truth.”  “Bending the truth.”  “Twisting the truth.”  Or “distorting the truth.”  All of these are euphemisms for lying!  The fact of the matter is that truth is straight.  Narrow. Exact.

Two plus two has always been four!  And always will be!  Regardless of how many people try to change it!

This is true in every discipline of life. Not just mathematics!  And especially so when it comes to God’s Word.  Jesus and Bible writers had a great deal to say about the importance of truth.  In His prayer to the Father Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (Jn 17:17

God’s Word is Truth.  It is unchanging.  Unbending.  Unbowed.

Today’s culture, however,  looks at truth as being “relative.”  It says, “What is truth for me, may not be truth for you.  And what truth is for you, may not be truth for me” This philosophy can be summed up in two words: “No Absolutes!”

This philosophy spouts off phrases like “It doesn’t matter what you believe (or do) as long as you’re honest and sincere.”   “It says there are no absolute truths in life.”  Of course, this is ridiculous!  That statement in itself is an absolute!

Our post-modern culture values tolerance more than truth.  Anyone who stands for truth is said to be “judgmental.”  Accused of being intolerant.”  And even a hater!  Of course, the definition of “tolerance” has changed. At one time tolerance was  respecting people with whom we disagree and treating them with dignity and respect.  Now “tolerance” means that every idea is equally valid, equally true, and every life style is equally right.  Not matter how bizarre it is!

I don’t know who coined the phrase, but our age suffers from “truth decay.”  Modern culture doesn’t value truth, it values convenience.  Ease.  Self-gratification.  Folks today ask, “It is easy?”  “Does it work?”  “Is it right for you?”  If so, it must be accepted.  That’s pragmatism!  Not truth.

Like the Gentiles in the ancient world our society has “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator….” (Rom. 1:25)

We need a call back to Truth.

Jesus said, “I am the truth” (Jn 14:6).  If we want to be free from sin, guilt, and destructive lifestyle we must come to know Him.  His Word.  His truth.  He said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (Jn. 8:32).

When we believe, embrace and obey truth we can have our souls purified, our consciences clean and hearts right with God.

Regardless of what society says, Christians are called to a higher standard, asked to submit to a greater Authority.  May the Lord we able to say of us “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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7 responses to “Word of the Week: Truth

  1. julie davidson

    ahh, yes, John 8:32…the truth WILL set you free! 🙂 excellent, Bro. Ken…thanks for posting this as the word for the week! have a joyous day! love in Him, Julie

  2. Truth is truth regardless. It is an absolute

  3. Richard Williams, Pine Bluff, AR

    I find it interesting that Pilate, addressing the very embodiment of Truth, asked the question rhetorically, “What is truth?” Obviously, Pilate was not interested in real truth but rather what would best suit his purpose and agenda. That is the contemporary model for “truth.”

    People of the world today say, “Don’t give me an absolute with which I disagree or that is contrary to my personal desires or wants, and especially don’t you dare tell me I am wrong to follow my own model of ‘truth.’ And by the way, YOUR truth, which you get from the Bible, is outdated, homophobic, myopic, restrictive, hateful, unloving, prejudicial, and bone-headed.”

    The problem man has with Truth is that it IS absolute! And Truth is both restrictive and liberating. It restricts behavior and actions that are contrary to the will of HIm Who created us and knows what is best for us, and it brings us into a state of peace and purpose when we obey His Truth.

    So there are basically two truths: the Truth of God Who created us, and the “truth” of man who cannot direct his own steps. The question we have to answer for ourselves is this: which truth do we choose by which to live our lives, God’s or man’s?

  4. Steve Segrest

    Can a Christian tell the Truth, but still be wrong? The answer is yes if we are not always also following Christ’s second most important Commandment in our actions. With today’s societial issues this can be really, really hard. But Christ did show us it can be done — to hold to Biblical Truths while also loving (and not hurting) others.

    • Yes. Eph. 4:16 “Speaking the Truth in love.” ThePreachersWord does not shy away from speaking the Truth on cultural and societal issues, but we do seek to present it in love. I have noticed, however, that when sin is pointed out, no matter how kindly, we have received some of the most vitriolic and unkind comments from those who disagree and desire to promote an agenda opposed to Biblical morality and values.

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site: http://hickmanchurch.com/

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  5. Steve Segrest

    Most of the time I feel so helpless, so inadequate, in trying to reach out with the Good News but holding to God’s Truths on societial issue. Everything just seems to get so twisted that I’m judgemental or people just “tune out”. Its frustrating

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