Things have changed a lot in my lifetime. When I was growing up, I knew the difference between right and wrong because my parents developed that in me by utilizing a single source of truth. That source of truth for my parents was the Bible. In years past, much of our society operated with the Bible as the source of truth for navigating life’s decisions and moral dilemmas.
However, it is apparent that things have changed. According to researcher George Barna, only about 22% of all people today believe that there is such a thing as absolute truth. The vast majority, according to Barna, believe that truth is relative to the person and situation. In other words, the thinking has shifted from knowing what is right and wrong according to God’s truth to the attitude of “what works” for me or you.
This idea of what works can also be restated as “if it feels good, do it”. This is the essence of existentialism. Existentialism is defined by Webster as: “a philosophical movement, especially of the 20th century, that stresses the individual’s position as a self-determining agent responsible for his or her own choices.”
I am convinced that this prevailing attitude is one of the reasons why we have so many issues that plague our culture today. This lack of a truth standard has caused so many to lose their moral compass and the devastating results are so evident. We need look no further than the high number of failed marriages, excessive crime and violence, and so many other issues that affect families and children.
As a believer, I know that truth matters. I know that adhering to God’ truth matters. Psalm 119:105 tells us that: “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” The Bible should be the guidebook for navigating our way through life. His Word is the only source of truth that is capable of providing us hope, peace, and direction in daily living. One of the greatest responsibilities of being a parent is teaching our children to live by the truth of God’s Word.
Isaiah 55: 11 reminds us just how much truth matters when it declares: “So is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” This verse reminds us that God’s truth will make a difference in our lives. It will produce fruit and it will change hearts.
I have seen this truth over and over in my life and in that of my children. I love how former President Ronald Reagan described the Bible. He said: “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”
My prayer is that we as Christians would live in a way that would demonstrate that truth really matters. Also, I pray that we will begin to dig into God’s Word as never before so that we will be ready to face whatever this world may throw at us and our children.
The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:14 that when we are prepared with truth:
“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.”
Truth really does matter!