The Way of Truth versus the Post-Truth EraWith renewed dedication, we must join the psalmist in 119:30 and declare, “I have chosen the way of truth.” Click To Tweet
Our culture is racing down the home stretch, shifting as the sands of the sea down the road of perdition. Convenience is what captivates. If a business does not provide convenience, it will not survive. Convenience is comfortable, but in the spiritual realm, it cannot confine the church. Sacrifice must never be replaced by convenience and self-service. The gospel message is transformational, not always comfortable.
Throughout history society has been defined by eras: the Renaissance Era, the Era of Enlightenment, the Progressive Era, the Modern Era, the Postmodern Era. However, now we have arrived at an era recently deemed in a perilous way: the Post-Truth Era.
If you thought postmodern relative thinking was a challenge to the Apostolic message, meet the Post-Truth Era. It will be our greatest challenge but also our greatest opportunity.
Emotion has displaced logic in this new era. Opinion has reached primary value over truth. Society is no longer rooted in reality but rooted in emotion not connected to details. At the foundation of the Post-Truth Era is a reality that researchers have called motivated reasoning. Motivated reasoning is a tendency to convince oneself that one’s behavior is justifiable. Truth is motivated by what one reasons it to be, rather than what the truth actually is.
The Word of the Lord Stands Forever
Although this seems like a dangerous new way of thinking, the serpent introduced this reasoning in the Garden to Adam and Eve. His purpose was to deconstruct the ultimate authority of God and the truth of His words to them. When a society attempts to deconstruct the voice of God and the truth of His Word, the church must rise with conviction to shine the light of truth in a Post-Truth Era.
We must stand on truth.
In a culture where the grass withers and the flower fades (Isaiah 40:8) and truth is placed on trial, we know the Word of God will stand forever. It is settled forever. It endures forever. We must stand on truth.
Paul prophetically warned this era would come and now it is here. He wrote in II Timothy 4:3–5, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
Instead of lamenting and complaining about this current era, may the church contrast this vacuous era and reach people with truth that is transformational. We have what this culture lacks. Our message is a roadmap that will drive people to an eternal destiny. Truth satisfies the soul.
With renewed dedication, we must join the psalmist in 119:30 and declare, “I have chosen the way of truth.”
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