Dec. 16 - Exploring Truth, Part 3
John 18:37 "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
Jesus came to share the truth with the world and, as followers of Christ, we are called to do the same. It’s not always easy going up against today’s post-truth culture, which is often more concerned with public opinion and emotions than what is actually true, but we must do so to continue our work for God’s kingdom.
Just as Jesus was frequently vilified in his time, those of who love him may experience the same treatment today. Culture at large often attempts to reduce the impact of what we have to say by belittling us, our faith, and our God. In the face of such criticism, we may find ourselves tempted to respond with equal criticism and disrespect towards our attackers. But we need to rise above these feelings and value our critics as people who, like us, are created in the image of God.
Throughout Scripture we are reminded of the importance of this:
Proverbs 17:27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
2 Timothy 2:23-24 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
Before you disparage others for their foolishness and disobedience, remember that we were once broken too and God responded with patience, mercy and grace. Allow yourself to grow in Christ-likeness and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your response. And bear in mind that we all will give an account on judgement day for every careless word we speak (Matthew 12:36).