Early voting started this past Saturday in Florida. And yesterday we began being inundated with ads by a SuperPAC that supports Mitt Romney. To say these ads were full of half-truths would be generous.
That’s the one thing that bothers you the most about politics, isn’t it dear Christian? You cannot stand all the lies and mudslinging. As my sweet bride always says, “I want to hear what each candidate’s plan is to help turn our country around.”
Because moral relativism is the norm in almost every person’s life, including Christians, the absolute truth is at best given a back seat and at worse completely ignored. Nevertheless, we who are born-again have a built in truth meter known as the Holy Spirit, but even that can be stymied at times. I’ll make my point about that in a minute, but let’s suppose we are really in tune with aletheia truth and we hear a lie. Why does that upset our souls? Because God is Truth:
“The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” (Psalm 111:7-10)
“God is verity (truth) and just; all His precepts (laws) are sure.” This means we can turn to God and His Holy Word to find the Truth of a matter and how to deal with any issue. Why? Because His Word is sure; it is trustworthy. That is what we must always do no matter the issue we are facing. We must turn to God’s Word for the answers.
“For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.” (Psalm 33:4)
We have all been disappointed in people; I’ve experienced it lately in the political arena. I’ve put too much faith in man when I should be placing all my faith in Jesus Christ. I have to do so for justification, but just as important is that I must do it for sanctification. But I need even more than faith; I need wisdom.
I need the truth of God’s Word to open my eyes to the fact that I am, you are, every one I know are susceptible to the wickedness of sin. So many new Christians are overcome by their sins because they think when they were regenerated their sinfulness would disappear. That is a process that has to come after regeneration, not a product of it. And this process must happen through the constant revelation of God’s Word. Major Ian Thomas explains:
“There is a moment of truth for every human soul to whom the Holy Spirit, through the human spirit, has revealed the wickedness of sin. It is so easy to become familiar with Bible language without receiving any real revelation of truth. God wants to bring you, no matter how bitter may be the experience, to the place of self-discovery, to this moment of truth.”
I have to constantly remind myself that there is no good in me apart from Christ. Even reading my Bible doesn’t make me good. What it should do is open my eyes to the wicked sin in my life, to die to my flesh, and be resurrected with Jesus Christ.
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.” (Psalm 115:1)
“Lord Jesus, if I learn nothing else this week, help me to remember that if there is anything good in me, anything worthy of honor, it is all because of You. Help me to remember the wickedness of my sinful heart. Replace my spirit with Your Spirit Lord Jesus. I ask this in your name, amen.”
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