“He who speaks truth declares righteousness . . .” Proverbs 12:17, NKJV
There is a lot being said and there is a lot not being said on truth. Confused? Let me explain. In the secular mindset, there are many who have rallied to challenge and deny the idea of absolute truth. The idea that one way or one specific train of thought is right for all men is a little too much for them to grasp. Instead, they promote the idea that truth is only relevant to one’s understanding of the matter.
Whereas, on the other hand, those who proclaim they are bearers of the truth, who have found their understanding of life, faith, and purpose based on what truth declares about them, are eerily silent. This is one reason, one of the greatest reasons we have witnessed a shift in the atmosphere. The declaration things seen as wrong are now seen as right, and things that are right are now viewed as wrong in the eyes of many. And, many truth bearers remain silent.
Silence is a killer of a nation. Silence allows things to go unchallenged. Silence gives people permission to carry on as is without regard to consequence. Consequences that not only the individual involved must experience, but also how it seeps into the very fabric of our culture staining it forevermore.
Think of your life today. What would it look like if those who stood for truth in our history remained silent? We have a voice and we should be heard. Whether in actual speech or in the actions of our daily lives, as Christians, people should know where we stand. When they are around us they should know what behaviors and ideas are acceptable. They should know because of our affiliation with Christ, “We don’t play that!” “That’s unacceptable and I will not be a part of it.”
Alas, many of us are sending the world too many mixed signals. Sometimes we profess to want to go right and we turn left. Or, we say we want to go up but end up supporting the causes of them that go down. We have confused the world and have become confused ourselves in the process, making the value of the truth we stand for appear watered-down.
“He who speaks truth declared righteousness…” Truth falls in line as an attribute of God. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent…” (Numbers 23:19). He can’t do anything but support that which is just because that is who He is. “Righteousness and justice are the habitation of your throne: mercy and truth shall go before your face,” (Psalm 89:14). In essence, he who chooses to stand for truth chooses to stand for everything God believes in and is. You become a supporter of His causes.
The Bible tells us, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9). All we have to do is stand for truth. It’s like the old westerns we grew up watching where good always wins (even if it doesn’t presently seem so).
No matter what the world may be doing, you and I must keep doing what is right. There is an absolute Truth! He is God! Everything that is right begins and ends with Him. So, when we stand for truth, we stand for Him and I can’t think of a better place to be.
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