“Some say it’s generational, the tolerance of young people for same-sex marriage and so many other social issues,” wrote Cal Thomas in today’s transcript. However, Thomas thinks it’s something else.
The conservative Columnist opines “it is a falling away from the notion of objective Truth.” I believe Thomas is right. And it’s something gospel preachers have been saying for years.
Last year I heard 3 High School Students participate in a speech contest for our local Rotary Club. Each year the theme for the students is based on the Rotary 4 way test.
1- Is it the Truth?
2-Is it fair to all concerned?
3-Will it build good will and better friendships?
4-Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
One of the speakers, a young man who was a Junior in High School, approached the first tenant of the test by saying, “What is truth for me may not be truth for you? We all have our own truth. And we must be true to ourselves.”
If that young man’s view is close to the attitude of the current generation, I fear for the future of our country. More than ever. His view is not an objective attitude toward truth. It is subjective.
When subjectivism shapes our thinking, Truth suffers. Subjectivism changes attitudes. Shifts values. Erodes ethics. Devalues morals. Destroys standards. Weakens the conscience. Corrupts character. And results in shameful conduct.
Paul’s treatise on the depravity of the Gentile world verifies the accuracy of the consequences of subjectivism. He said that ungodly people suppressed the Truth resulting in unrighteousness. They “exchanged the Truth of God for a lie.” Their thinking is described as “futile” and “foolish.” Their desires were “sinful.” Their hearts were “darkened.” Their morals were abandoned and “inflamed with lusts.” Their minds became “debased.” Their sexual appetites and exploits are described as “shameful.” “Unnatural.” “Indecent.” And “depraved.” As a result their behavior spiraled further downward into a moral abyss. (Rom 1:18-31). When humankind rejects Truth these are the woeful consequences.
Of course, this terrible condition can be averted, when Truth is understood, honored and practiced.
Jesus tells us that God’s Word is Truth. He is the embodiment of Truth. And the Truth has been revealed in the Gospel (Jn 17:14; Eph. 3:3-5, Jn. 14:6). We can know the Truth. And it will free us from the shackles of Satan. The shame of sin. And the compunction of a guilty conscience. (Jn 8:32-33)
Cal Thomas ended his transcript by saying “our social fabric is coming apart because few will articulate Truth for fear of being branded a bigot.” While that is true, worse yet, our spiritual lives are being shattered, and souls stand in jeopardy because of subjectivism.
Let us never forget, God’s righteousness is an ever lasting righteousness and His law is Truth (Ps. 119:142).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman
4 responses to “Truth vs Subjectivism”
You’re right, Ken. Truth is not subjective. If it were, passages such as Isaiah 8:20; Proverbs 30:6; Galatians 1:8,9; 1 Timothy 1:3; and 2 John 9 would have no application. (Your analysis on Romans 1 to that effect was well done. Thanks.)
Thanks for reading, Larry. And for your encouraging words.
As I look back over the things The Church of Christ have argued and split over the last several years with each one saying they stand for the truth. Try to compare stands on a church building or what you can or cannot do in it, Bible classes, support orphan homes, methods and times to take the Lords supper, music and I could go on and on. I hope this wakes people up to what truth really is, or is that what I think it really is? Trying times are here.