Where is truth?
I have listened and read to what is happening around the world. Everyone has an opinion they are all too happy to share. Angry voices shout from keyboards, but are silent when face to face with others. The order of the day is noise and chaos. But, you are close minded and judgemental if you do not accept different schools of thought. Love everyone, and accept everything. That is the mantra of today. Yet, I wonder, where is truth? We bend and mold truth to fit our needs. While we rage against one another, truth is being distorted into an indistinguishable mess.
Where are we failing?
Romans 12:2 declares: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (NASB). Yet, time and time again, I see people attempting to conform Scripture to the world. If a verse does not fit what one believes is right, the verse is ignored. Or better still, those verses are not meant for us, not our culture. Times are changing. What is acceptable and normal is changing. But does that mean it is right, or true? No. The Bible was written at a specific time, and for a specific people. It cannot mean anything for us it did not mean for them. However, Scripture is the infallible word of God. It does not change, nor does He. What God commanded then, He commands now.
What does He command?
- Have no other gods before Him.
- Make no idols for yourself.
- Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
- Remember the sabbath, and keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- Murder no one.
- You should not commit adultery.
- Do not steal.
- You should not bear false witness.
- Do not covet.
We are to worship God and God alone. Lately, I see the worship of self, of work, and of fame more than I see worship of God. We glorify happiness and what feels good in the moment over righteousness.
The World I Long To See
I long to see a world boldly speaking truth, in love. Yes, I have grown weary of the near truths, half truths, and not even close to the truth sayings of society. As much as we may not want to hear it, sin is sin. I once sat in an auditorium as a well known Christian speaker and author called out sin, and asked for raised hands if the sin applied to a person’s life. I was in awe. Her boldness was inspiring, but it was her desire to set people free I loved. She called sins by name, by their action, she did not tip toe around issues. This woman gave sins their rightful names, and prayed for forgiveness and restoration for those affected. That is the world I want to see. We are attempting to solve Kingdom matters with earthly standards, and that approach will never work.
What Do We Do Now?
A mentor called out the sin of pride in my life recently. I will be honest, it stung. Who wants to hear how they are failing? However, I knew she was speaking in order to help me repent and move forward. She identified the sin in my life for my own benefit, and for my freedom. I believe we need to call sin what it is, sin. Furthermore, we need to do better at holding on another accountable, and accepting accountability. We should not point fingers at one another and mock one another. No, we should be motivated by love, wanting freedom in our own lives and the lives of those around us. You see, in addressing sin head on, in confessing sin, we smash its hold on us. I am tired of dragging around chains, and I am tired of dodging the chains others are carrying.
Let’s Move Forward
- Study Scripture. What does God call sin? Regardless of what our society says, we need to be led by Scripture.
- Be motivated by love. If we love someone, we will want the absolute best for them. To obtain God’s best, we cannot be hindered by sin. Therefore, we need to address sin honestly, in our lives and the lives of others.
- Confess. Confession means we admit our wrongdoing. Yes, we have to admit we messed up. But, God is faithful to forgive as we confess.
- Face to face interactions. Leaving a public message on social media is not how we should address sin with one another. Use discretion, and be respectful. Meet together, and gently address areas sin appears in the person’s life. Do not be afraid to call sin what it is, do not minimize it, but do so with gentleness.
- Pray. Pray for yourself, for one another, and for wisdom and discernment concerning sin and how to address it. We cannot pray too much.
(Based on Psalm 32:5) I acknowledged my sin of _______ to You, Lord. I confess my sin to you, and thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to walk according to your truth, and to glorify you in all I say and do.
Also, if you have sinned against someone, go to them and ask for their forgiveness.