Thursday, April 30, 2009

What Matters Most- Truth - 5

It seems strange to say that "truth" matters. Do I really have to say it? Truth matters. On one level, I mean that truth, as opposed to lies, is important. It is better to tell the truth. Honesty is the best policy. All of that is right.

Remember when we could count on television news (via Walter Cronkite) could be trusted to give a reasonably objective report of the news. Have you noticed that truth through reporters has gotten less and less objective and more and more subjective.

The truth on which one bases their life does in fact color the view that one has of the news. Whether liberal or conservative we have learned that it is nearly impossible to be completely objective.

Three people see an accident. Likely as not, the three reports are all somewhat different. A network that supports the politics of the president is likely, we have learned, to report only the things that make the president look good. A television network that supports a politics different from the president will likely present stories that are critical of the president. This was so clear in the last election.

Now, we could get very cynical and say that there is no way to know the truth. And yet, maybe we have learned what we, as Christians, should have already known. That is, that truth is not some objective idea or concept. Truth in incarnational (in flesh).

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1) Jesus, the Word, was full of grace and truth. Jesus himself says: "I am the way, the truth, the life..." And, when Jesus was being tried in John's Gospel, Jesus says that he has come to bear witness to the truth. And Pilate asks: "What is truth?"

For Christians, a Jew from Nazareth is the truth. And, all other views of truth and reality are to be judged in the light of Jesus the Christ. Others may find their idea of truth by arguing it out. We find our truth; we meet the truth in and through Jesus.

Truth, for us, is always viewed in light of the cross. The one who seeks to save his/her life will lose it. The one who loses life for Jesus' sake and the Gospel will save it.

Dave Nichols

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