God is not politically correct, nor is He tolerant of lies.
Our culture has diluted truth so often in the name of political correctness, fear, greed, or ulterior motives that we have trouble recognizing truth when we see it.
Truth is important. In the language of our times, truth “is what it is.” But what is truth, really? And why is it important to us?
Christian author Ravi Zacharias has stated that the single most important question any person can ask is, “What is truth?” Our perception of truth is important because it defines our actions and impacts our relationship with God. If our perception is wrong, then our spiritual well-being is at stake.
Del Tackett, creator of The Truth Project, has concluded that every sin can be traced back to the belief in a lie. In other words, our actions reflect what we believe in. When we act contrary to God’s will, we expose our belief in a lie.
Thousands of years ago, in an era like ours that was similarly staggering under the weight of deceit, Jesus came to testify to the truth.
Then Pilate went back into the palace and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the King of the Jews?” he asked him. “‘King’ as you use the word or as the Jews use it?” Jesus asked. “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted, “Your own people and their chief priests brought you here. Why? What have you done?” Then Jesus answered, “I am not an earthly king. If I were, my followers would have fought when I was arrested by the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of the world.” Pilate replied, “But you are a king then?” “Yes,” Jesus said. “I was born for that purpose. And I came to bring truth to the world. All who love truth are followers.” (John 18:33-37)
The ultimate source of all truth is God. God is truth. (John 8:26) Jesus stated, “Anyone whose Father is God gladly listens to the words of God…”. (John 8:47) When we don’t listen to the words of God, or we ignore them, we are not acting as children of God. When we disobey or ignore the teachings of Christ, we distance ourselves from truth and we become captives of deceit. Only by living as Jesus tells us to, and by knowing the truth, can the truth set us free. (John 8:31-32)
Yet, it’s in our nature to deceive and it’s in our nature to sin. We choose disobedience over obedience because we are ignorant, defiant, or foolish. We accept falsehoods because they please us or because they are so firmly ingrained in the culture of which we are a part that we fail to recognize them as such. Or perhaps we simply do not understand Christ’s teachings and what’s at stake.
“Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you are prevented from doing so! For you are the children of your father the devil and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and a hater of truth – there is not an iota of truth in him. When he lies, it is perfectly normal; for he is the father of liars. And so when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe it!… Anyone whose father is God listens gladly to the words of God. Since you don’t, it proves you aren’t his children.” (John 8:43-47)
The good news is this: With God’s grace, we can know the truth and have eternal life through Christ. But that is the only way. For Jesus said, “…I am the Way — yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me.” (John 14:6)
Then he said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am the Messiah, the Son of God, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:23-25)
Anything said or believed to the contrary is a lie or is based on a lie. It matters not whether it is politically correct.