In my opinion, the most important question that has ever been asked was phrased by Pilate in the book of John. He asked Jesus point blank, “What is Truth?” Some two thousand years later, we are still challenged by that question.
Our culture has embraced the idea that truth is relative: “Whatever works for you.” We have decided that the result of the search for truth isn’t nearly as important as the search itself. And we reward each other for the effort: “Whatever you sincerely believe is what counts.”
But our message on Sunday asserted a much bigger idea. We looked at the two undeniable qualities of truth and declared that truth is both absolute and resolute. It does not change. It does not shift or decay. It is revealed by God and His word and it is a reliable reference point.
If that is true, and truth is not dependent on what we feel or our current circumstances, why is it so difficult in our post-modern world to hear and apply TRUTH in our everyday lives?
Well, among the reasons (some complex, others pretty simple) is the fact that believers don’t often act like we truly believe in absolute truth. It reminds me of the story about a British actor who was having a meaningful conversation with a preacher.
The preacher made the observation that the actor performs night after night with a fictional message and a large crowd shows up. The preacher declares unchangeable truth to a small group of the faithful.
The actor observed: “This is quite simple. I can tell you the difference between us. I present my fiction as though it were truth. You present your truth as though it were fiction.”
Ouch. I think that may apply to us as well. Here we sit in South County with God’s immutable word in our lap, but our conversations just don’t reflect that certainty. We equivocate on so many issues. And all the while, our family, friends and co-workers wander around looking for spiritual direction.
Pointing folks to TRUE NORTH isn’t always easy. Travelers struggle because a compass will only direct us to magnetic north which is a point that actually shifts around based on activity in the earth’s magnetic fields. True north is a geographical direction that is noted on maps or a globe with lines. Those longitudinal lines drop down all around the earth.
People travel to TRUE NORTH via the lines that begin and end at the North and South poles. They follow the lines. People trying to find spiritual true north need lines too. They need direction they can follow. They need a clear voice that points them the right way. They need clarity.
Truth gives us that clarity and we can share it. Let’s open our Bibles this week and get focused on true north. Let’s let truth have its way in our neighborhood and office. With confidence let’s answer Pilate’s question: Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6)!
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.