“What is truth?”

Pontius Pilate speaks for me (just this once) as I try to discern the truth in all the contradictory news of what’s going on in the land of the free since the third of November. The prevarication pandemic has gotten so severe that a popular newscaster passionately demanded of his fellow newscasters and politicians, before 5 million+ viewers, “It’s time to stop lying and start telling the truth.”

A certain Middle Eastern religion advocates lying if it advances the cause of its deity. It appears that at least that aspect of the religion has caught on among politicians and now in what was once called journalism. The real problem in post-Christian America is this: man is a master of self-delusion—one man’s lies are another man’s irrefutable truth. Without the foundation of the transcendental truth of God, your truth doesn’t have to be my truth and yesterday’s truth is not necessarily tomorrow’s truth, as truth morphs aimlessly through an ethereal fantasy world until it inevitably comes head-on with the throne of absolute truth on judgement day, when “every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11).    

But praise God, unlike Pilate I know where to find transcendental truth. Jesus said, “I am … the truth.”  It can’t get any more straight-forward than that. By grace I have found it and it has set me free and I can take heart because He has overcome the world. This election stuff is just pesky details. The results must be dealt with, when known, but it’s not the ultimate issue.

The ultimate issue comes straight from the mouth of “…the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (1):

“I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right.” (2).

 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life…” (3)

“…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (4)

“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth” (5)

See you in church.

1) John 1:14, 2) Isa. 45:19, 3) John 14:6, 4) John 8:32, 5) Psa. 86:11

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