“Proclaim the Truth … Along With Two Aspirin”
It seems that being a teenager and getting a tattoo go hand and hand these days.
A man writes, “I was surprised when one of my daughter’s friends showed me two delicate little Japanese symbols on her hip.” ‘Please don’t tell my parents’, she begged. "I won’t," I promised. "By the way, what do the two symbols stand for?"
“One stands for Honesty and one stands for Truth,” she said.
And then she reiterated, “Please don’t tell my parents!”
Sometimes a whole lot easier to talk about truth than to live by it. If truth works for us, we like it.
If truth conflicts with us, many times we redefine it or ignore it. After a while, we become confused as to what truth really is.
John 1:14 says, “We have seen Christ’s glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. The Bible says Christians are supposed to stand for and proclaim truth. God’s truth can be hostile toward convictions and patterns in our life and world that are faulty or untrue.
In the Bible, truth is blatant so that it doesn’t go unnoticed. It is shameless so it won’t be misunderstood. And yet its purpose is to “set people free! Quoting Jesus John said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
It is abundantly obvious the we are part of a morally compromised society that is continually taking strides to legitimize sin. Truth is what God has given us (individually and as the Church) to provide some sort of moral conscience for ourselves and our community. Penetrating truth intersects and engages our morally lapsed society through … us!
Is there any chance that we might experience conflict? Uh, yes! So God says to you and me: “Go” as Jesus “came” – “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Romans 1:25 is one of the key texts for this Sunday. It says, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
So how do we proclaim grace and truth in a society that has dismissed God’s truth as a lie?