By LOU TISCIONE
It seems that every day a new story is breaking that reveals a lie told to the public. I am amazed that some, possibly many, don’t seem to care.
This troubling symptom of our American culture leads me to ask, “Is truth important?” I am a Christian pastor of an evangelical church. I face people every day who are frequently unaware of the truth or fail to see its relevance. I have talked with many over the years who have lived as though truth didn’t matter. In effect, their lives were lived opposed to reality, since truth is reality.
I know the answer to my question. Every genuine Christian likewise knows the answer. The obvious answer is: truth is important! It must be important because truth is reality. In order to avoid reality, men have developed the philosophy that there are no absolutes.
The only absolute that these folks hold is that there are no absolutes. Within this philosophical system the governing dogma, “there are no absolutes”, everything is relative except the absence of absolutes. That is, the only absolute is that there are no absolutes. If you think that this is confused thinking, you’re right. It is confused because it is illogical.
There are many biblical texts that emphasize the absolute standard of God’s word, which is always true and reliable. Amos 7:8: “... The LORD said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb live in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
The plumb line that God showed Amos was the word of God. This vision prefigured the coming Messiah. Jesus is the standard, the plumb line. He said that He is the truth. (John 14:6)