The Truth is Liberating
by Ben Kinchlow
thing about the Bible. God is never vague, nor does He
beat around the bush concerning matters that are
important to us and, therefore, to Him. He is given
neither to overstating nor understating the facts. Jesus
said it this way, "Thy Word is truth, Oh, God."
Anything out of the mouth of God less than "truth,
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth", would
disqualify Him from being God, though He can do anything
He chooses. But, since He is God, "it is impossible
for Him to lie", and we can, therefore, rest in
complete assurance on whatever we find to be a promise
from God in His Word. That promise can neither be
overstated nor understated, and it must contain exactly
what God intended when He made it.
Humans, on the other hand, are not subjected to
these limitations. We can (and do) exaggerate, obsfucate,
overstate, understate, or just plain lie. Furthermore, we
often find ways to justify these "liberties" we
take with the truth. We then wonder why we find ourselves
not believed and, therefore, must insist with such
phrases as "no, really!;" "Im not
joking!"- "I really mean it!" and even,
"honest to God!!". These are the street
versions of the legal professions affirmations or
oaths. The whole purpose being to assure the object of
our conversation that we are "telling the
truth". Why should it be necessary to convince
someone that we are telling the truth? Shouldnt it
simply be an article of faith that a person is telling
the truth? Unfortunately, we find ourselves more apt to
say things like, "no kidding!"
-"youre joking!" -or,
"really?!". All these are social commentaries
that indicate people actually expect to be lied to. And
this includes church people. Isnt it interesting to
note that we have reached the stage where we take a lie
as an article of faith and only receive the truth with
proper identification. The identification badges for
truth are usually prefaces, like"well, to be
honest" "let me be perfectly frank"
-"well, to tell the truth.", and absent these
ID badges for truth, we often simply anticipate that we
are being lied to"Oh, Kinchlow, you are being
facetious and overstating the case." Well, Im
sure some could make that an issue, but the next time you
find yourself saying, "Really!?" -"Did
that really happen?!" -"I dont believe
it!", ask yourself, "Why am I saying
this?" "Is the information being imparted to me
of such a nature that it borders on the incredible?"
"Is it of the nature of a mountain moving, or a tree
dying as a result of a spoken word?" Or could it be
that truth has fallen by the wayside, and now the only
place we can really find truth is in a contract enforced
(by lawyers and judges) under penalty of perjury; and
oaths and affirmations in the courts of the land where we
"solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth, so help me God". Perhaps
even in selected pulpits, kind of like a blockbuster
movie that is "showing in selected theaters".
Is truth such a rare commodity that it must be relegated
to officialdom, or prefaced with identification phrases?
Shouldnt truth be the order of the day?
Shouldnt we expect, at least from Christians, that
they would in all things speak truth, in love and wisdom?
The world is desperately searching for
ethics, morality, and honesty in its business dealings,
(see the new books) expecting people to act like
Christians, while decrying the institutions that produce
Christians, (i.e. evangelical churches, witnessing
Christians, Bible studies in schools, and various other
elements of a stable society that was the foundation of
the great social experiment called America.)
It is not a coincidence that a word
most highly esteemed by many -free - should be
accompanied by that other great word - truth.
"You shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free."
And all Gods people said,