America must turn to the truth — God

Published 11:21 am Friday, August 21, 2015

Good politicians are dishonest. Good politicians say little about themselves while spreading wide generalities and slanderous vitriol about their political enemies. Ask any good Tea Party member what a Democrat believes and you’re sure to hear how they hate America and that all the answers lie in a bigger government.

Ask the good liberal what a Republican believes and you’ll learn how they hate minorities, foreigners and the less fortunate. These comments, replete with talking points, are bereft of truth. Bias almost always prevents objectivity and contraindicates intellectual honesty.

What is best for America? Are we better off with big government and political correctness, higher taxes and open borders; or is a smaller government, less thought police, lower taxes and a big privacy fence in the better interest of our country?

Neither. We need truth. Honesty is important, but truth is much more substantial. Truth is not merely a moral concept based on validity and accuracy of fact. Neither is truth relative. Truth is constant.

Truth is a person. That person is God.

Jesus, explaining to his disciples how they could know the way to Heaven, said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” John 14:6 KJV. Before going to the cross, Jesus said to Pilate, “To this end I was born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice.” John 18:37 KJV.

Over the span of a century or so, America has systematically turned a deaf ear to truth. Like the crowded streets of Bethlehem two millennia ago, there is scarcely any room for Jesus in society. His is portrayed as a divisive, exclusionary religion, when, in fact, his vicarious atonement, purchased by his blood, is sufficient for all; and, it is relationship he desires, not religion.

Jesus lived a sinless life, which qualified him to provide a complete and full payment for the sins of the world. His resurrection is proof positive that the payment was received by God, who offers salvation to you as a gift of grace.

Like any gift, it becomes effective when received and appropriated. The purpose of this Gospel is not to fix America, rather it is to vindicate the glory of God which has been so grievously offended by sin, and to provide atonement – the forgiveness of sins – to all who will, by faith, receive the gift of truth, Jesus Christ.

America may never turn back to truth. Will you?

 

Tom Waybright

South Point