I have been asked before what “denomination” of Christian I am. Maybe you have too. Somehow, it’s important that you’re part of a certain group, classified in a certain category.
I’m just for truth.
But I’m not part of a denomination, and even hesitate to label myself with the broad and misused term “Christian”. If you mean, am I a follower of Christ, then yes, I’m a Christian. But I am born again. And “Christian” doesn’t carry that full meaning. And as for what group I am part of, I stand with anyone who speaks truth – whatever title they claim. I simply love truth and hate lies.
Where is the truth?
I was thinking about truth and how completely incapable humans are of finding truth. We make everything too complex, too confusing.
And what or who is there that we poor, miserable, confused, and rebellious beings can go to for understanding – for wisdom – and for knowledge?
If life is really pointless like the evolution hypothesis implies, then there are no absolutes, morality is established by man, and well, there is really no authority for truth.
But if there is a Maker, a Being who created us with intelligence, and placed in us that desire for truth, it stands to reason that the Maker would have given us the absolutes, the guidelines by which to live this life the way it was supposed to be lived. The Maker would be the establisher of truth. One could assume that the Word given to us by the Maker would be perfect, preserved, and that if obeyed, would please the Maker, who is likely watching and evaluating every move of his creations.
That Word is the Bible.
And not only are we told in it how to please our Maker, but He tells us of Himself and how He wants to have a relationship with each of us and help us on this journey of our lives. In fact, the Maker Himself became man, to be an example of how we ought to live. He revealed Himself in human form.
The truth should change us.
We’ve all heard it said that this life is just a test, so why are we failing it? Why are we using it to please ourselves? Why are we making it all about “me”?
Since the truth doesn’t change for us, the obvious alternative is that when we discover the truth, it should change us. We do not hold any power over the truth, so how come the truth holds no power with us?
Why do we brush truth aside?
“I know I shouldn’t watch this show, but I like it, and my friends watch it.”
“I know I should listen to the wise advice of my (teacher, parent, friend, etc), but I think I’ll try things for myself first.”
“I know I should spend more time with God but I really have to get this other stuff done.”
We do it time and again. We brush truth aside. We should listen instead, and let it change us, no matter how much inconvenience or pain we must experience.
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts [character, intentions, wills] before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.” 1 John 3:19-21
This week, month, year, and beyond – let’s follow the truth. Let’s follow our Maker.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life…”