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Does truth matter?
October 12, 2009
by Pastor Wally Glucklich, Elim Mission Church, Cokato

“What is truth?” That is what Pilate asked when Jesus said “. . . for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

What truth was Jesus referring to? Why was Pilate so cynical? Was Pilate’s cynicism based upon political expediency, the end justifies the means?

Truth is what helps get to the goal. But Jesus had a different view. He said, “I came into this world . . .” He came down from heaven to bring us the truth from heaven. He had the truth that He wanted us to understand and experience.

Although this sounds far-fetched, we must conclude that either He was right in what He said or else He was deluded – after all, honesty does count in the Christian faith.

I’ve always been amused when people clarify what they are about to say by the statement, “I’m telling the truth,” or “let me be clear” or “honestly . . .” When a person must announce that they are telling the truth, it means that at other times, they are not. They are announcing that normally they are distorting the truth. So, should an individual believe someone like this?

Some believe truth is in the eye of the beholder. True, but that does not make it true. It only seems true to the individual. On the other hand, some mete out truth. They tell half truths, avoid telling all the facts, “take the Fifth,” or distort the truth. In each of these situations, truth does not exist. All of these approaches are a lie.

If one does not tell you all they know about an issue, or identify the pros and cons, then they are distorting the facts for their own personal gain. Unfortunately, these are the trademarks of political communications. For example, if we, as citizens, must research the pros and cons of health care because the presenter did not, that is not telling the truth.

Truth is actual fact, events, actions, data, etc. It’s telling it as it is to the level of one’s understanding within the framework of integrity.

Truth is giving all the evidence, not just some. It’s interesting that when it comes to certain topics, one can only give the “PC” answer. Anyone who questions the presuppositions, assumptions, or the conclusion of that “hot button” is chastised for being intolerant.

This is true when discussing global warming, evolution, health care, moral issues, lifestyle issues, faith issues, etc. Where is the place where one can challenge controversial decisions or issues in order to derive the truth?

Jesus said that He “came into this world to testify to the truth.” How was He treated for telling the truth? Is it time for us to stand up for the truth?

Maybe some of those old-fashioned Bible answers on morals and lifestyles are really true. Maybe we need to search the Bible for answers to global warming, evolution, and environmental issues.

Maybe the truth Jesus brought to earth is just the answer we’ve all been looking for. But are we willing to accept it?

Does truth really matter?