Ferguson and Truth

In the times in which we live, truth is not that which is revealed by the word of God and it is not that which is based on an honest evaluation of evidence. In our day, truth is what one feels or believes it to be. This is a very sad reality.

Because truth is distorted, then there are disastrous results.

For one thing, society can be destroyed.  Consider the incident in Ferguson, Missouri.  In spite of overwhelming evidence that there was no racial intentions or actions, still many go about pretending and speaking as if there was.  As a result, businesses have been destroyed, millions of dollars have been spent on security and tensions have been provoked.  The protesters, in their mind, begin with the idea that there is racial prejudice (no question), then all their words and actions follow that false notion.  Truth, then, in this case, is not based on an honest evaluation; rather, truth is what one believes it to be.

Distortion of the truth also affects one’s relationship with Christ.  Though Jesus, Peter, Paul and Phllip all include water baptism as a condition for initial salvation in Christ (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:35-39), yet thousands of religious teachers feel that simply acknowledging Christ as Savior is sufficient for forgiveness.  Again, truth is based upon one’s preconceived belief instead of the reality of the word of God.  Some people, in their mind, begin with the notion that baptism just cannot be part of salvation (usually because this is what they have always been taught).

Then, there is gossip and the character assassination that follows.  Often, when people make distorted judgments about other people (for which Jesus gives strong caution, Matt.7:1ff), there is a great deal of deception.  They receive second or third-hand information about another which is not true; yet, they anxiously believe it because they want it to be true.  Then, they repeat the false information several times and pass it to others and it becomes truth to all involved.   But in reality and in God’s sight, it is not true.  Remember, a lie repeated a thousand times is still a lie, regardless of the identity of the one telling it.   “Therefore, putting away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one with another” (Ephesians 4:25).

Let us give due consideration to these matters.  With truth from God (John 17:17) and honest hearts (Luke 8:15)), we can know the will of God and make godly decisions.

– David