by: Marty Paluch
“The truth is still the truth even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie even if everyone believes it. “
I’m not going to take credit for that quote. Truth is, I don’t know who said it originally. I found these words credited to at least three different individuals. Looks like someone is not telling the truth. Hmmm, imagine that.
I think we have trouble with truth in our lives because we confuse truth with perspective. What we often call the truth is really our perspective on the truth, which isn’t really truth. Perceptions are formed based on the limited experiences and information held by any one individual.
Years ago, a couple of our ancestors decided to ignore the truth and listen to an alternate version. Let’s call it turth (all the right letters are there, but with subtle variation.) Listening to the turth instead of the truth got them and, consequently the rest of us, in serious trouble.
The good thing about truth is it always wins. By its nature, truth rises above all else because it is absolute, it is objective, it is eternal and it is indisputable. As Christ followers, we know truth by His real name – Jesus.
Jesus embodied the truth from eternity. He lived the truth we were created to live because our acceptance of turth meant we couldn’t. He suffered the truth in submission to justice and thankfully, through His resurrection, He restored the truth to its rightful position of supremacy over turth. As Christ’s emissaries in this life, our first and most important calling is to live the truth and share the truth. That’s harder than it sounds because ever since our first spoonful of applesauce mankind has struggled with separating truth from turth.
How’s that? We compromise; we focus on the speck in someone else’s eye and ignore the log in ours. We speak the truth without the love and wonder why we’re considered critical. We ignore the truth because it gets in the way of our friendships and weekends and screen time. We care more about what someone thinks of us in the twittersphere and don’t care at all if they know Jesus.
The best way for us to optimize our truth telling and living is to stay as close to the source of truth as we can. He doesn’t mind us hanging on His every word. Jesus wants to be introduced to our friends and coworkers. He doesn’t care if we invade His personal space. He loves when we ask questions and He cherishes every moment we choose to spend with Him. The truth is He loves deep discussions, watching sunrises and sunsets, and yes, even long walks on the beach.
“For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” John 18:37