“Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” John 18:38
In John 18, Jesus tells Pontus Pilate that, “everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” To which Pilate replied, “What is the truth?”
In its simplest form the answer to Pilate’s question is quite straightforward. Truth is anything thing that can be proven to be factually accurate. This definition, of course, has its limitations but for many it’s all the answer that is desired or needed.
Lately, though, it seems that the war on truth as been escalating. There are those, some even in positions of great responsibility and authority, with whom the truth seems to have a more fluid meaning. For these individuals all that is required for something to be true is for them to say that it is. And it doesn’t matter if you turn right or left, you don’t have to dig very deeply to find politicians, and news agencies of virtually every stripe that are willing to lie with impunity. And what’s equally concerning is the willingness of so many people to accept, gloss over, or excuse these liars. Even people that I know to be Christians, with high personal standards regarding honesty, seem to be going with the flow, excusing their own compromising, by pointing out the falsehoods of those they oppose while ignoring the lies of the ones they chose.
Brothers and sisters, I appeal to you to raise high the standard of truth. Jesus promised us that when the Holy Spirit came he would lead us into all truth. The apostle Paul exhorts us to think upon what is true. And when it came to defining truth, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.
In the world, I guess we can expect to find all kinds of disfunction and foolishness. But for we who follow Christ, for those of us who are born of the Spirit, we should be able to see a consistent, decided preference for what and who is true.
The path to heaven is paved with truth. Are you ready to travel on it?