Scripture to reflect upon for Truth Tuesday: Ephesians 4:15
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Most people don’t even believe in truth, more or less speak it. That’s how the world operates these days. We have lost our ways, and the truth seems to mean very little anymore.
The problem society faces is this unnerving idea that there’s no such thing as truth, especially when it concerns “faith.” I recently wrote a blog, Intolerant Tolerance, which talked in great detail about how the lack of seeking truth has brought heated disagreements about who and what we are now “required” to tolerate.
I talked yesterday about the Occupy Wall Street protest, and how the media is slurping it up like a refreshing Icee on a hot summer’s day. Mmmm. Yummy. These protesters are not speaking in truth. Most of them don’t even care to know the truth, more or less speak it or fight for it, which amazes me since that seems to be what they are trying to say. But the message gets lost because nothing they say or do is done in love. And along with truth, love doesn’t matter anymore either. It’s a free-for-all dominated society with no consequences, while those who fight for truth, love and honest justice are served countless penalties and blows to the stomach.
As you can see, the message of hate, violence, and racism is all skewed into a pretty picture the media portrays as “tolerance.” Anyone who doesn’t agree with that message is considered the intolerant ones. There’s no truth to anything they say, there’s no love in anything they say, so it negates their message. No one can make any real sense of it, and that’s the whole point.
As Christians, are we negating our message, too? I often found myself in heated debates with people about my beliefs. Most non-believers baited me with name calling and accusations of being a hate monger while never truly listening to my side of the story. I soon found myself caught up in the argument and forgot about speaking the truth in love. So recently I found myself in another sticky situation and decided instead to tell the person that I hoped he’d reconsider his “feelings” about God, and in a loving way explained the truth of God instead of telling him how wrong he was. I then told him that Jesus loved him and believed in him regardless of what he thought of Jesus. It didn’t turn ugly, although he insisted he would never change his mind. That’s when I knew God was working on him, because I said those very words myself so many years ago, so I began to pray for this stranger.
Yesterday I said Occupy Truth, and that still holds true today. I think it’s important that as Christians we grow up and speak the truth. We need to keep defending our rights, keep protecting our children, and never EVER use anger or hate as justification for either. We need to become powerful in the Spirit, and present ourselves as an example of Truth so many people have forgotten and let go of. We need to be the leaders of this nation and step up and stomp on the devil’s strongholds before we relinquish all our rights to those who are desperately trying to steal our freedoms. They are going for the Christians first, allowing foreign gods to take Christ’s place in our country. Those who hate Christians are the first to step up and cheer for false gods, eager to shut us up and shut us down.
NOTE TO SELF: Despite our frustrations, "instead" we must ALWAYS consider speaking the truth in love.