The greatest need in America today is truth.
Truth in news reporting, truth in the political arena, truth in the pulpit of our churches. There is no substitute for Freedom, and indeed there is nothing better than truth, even when it hurts. Then truth should be tempered with compassion and mercy, and when required, forgiveness.
But truth has been perverted, misguided, manipulated, omitted, denied, and so on.
Why do people fear the truth?
Because it reveals the depravity and deceitfulness of the human heart and mind. It shines a light on sin. It reveals what people try to hide.
What is sin?
“For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark chapter 7)
Jesus then quoted the prophet Isaiah when chastising the Pharisees and teachers of the law when He said: “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.‘
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
This can be applied to modern-day people because those things are still true about people. God does not change, and His Truth does not change.
People do not change unless God changes them. Only the life-altering work of God’s Spirit can reform the heart and renew the mind and return the soul to the original image God intended at creation.
So many times we are warned about deception and the perils of ignoring the truth. In defense of his ministry, the Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians “… we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing . (2 Corinthians 2)
Paul further explained in 2 Thessalonians 2 that “wickedness deceives those who are perishing” because “they refused to love the truth and so be [reconciled to God]…”
In 2 Peter 2: “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.”
Christianity is persecuted around the world, and the animosity toward Christianity in America is growing. Groups of people, some who call themselves “Christian”, are working to undermine the Truth of the Bible and separate it completely from our schools, government, and public venues. They are misguided at least, deceived at most. In America ‘separation of church and state’ has become a tradition supported by political opinion. From this has sprung such groups as the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Military Freedom from Religion Foundation, all of which are contrary to the Constitution and to Biblical concepts of knowing, teaching, and upholding Truth.
The single most influential thing to the Founding Fathers and what they accomplished was the Holy Bible. They believed in Divine Providence working in the formation of the Free Country we call America. Historical evidence supporting that– documents, letters, etc., – cannot be denied (though it is being removed from history books). The truths of the Bible were deemed important and necessary in the writing of the Constitution and are therein relative to the current day.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”
Truth dispels darkness and deceit. Lies gather darkness and deceit.
The Central Truth of the Bible is what the Apostle John also recorded in his book (chapter 14):
“Jesus said, ‘I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
That Truth really will set people free.
“No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian Religion. Should our Republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance, we will then be surely doomed.” — John Jay, the First Supreme Justice / SCOTUS