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There is a great amount of talk these days about what “matters” coming from activist groups, politicians, and candidates for public office, to name a few. Among the list of things that “matter” there is one that seems to be left out, not mentioned, and that is: truth matters. It appears that in our society that truth doesn’t matter.

Falsehoods are sung, shouted and whispered to us. Falsehoods hypnotize and cajole us. But even more insidious, we are sold false ideas; we are told what to think, and thus seduced into believing false notions about who we are, what we must have, where we really came from, what life is all about, and how we ought to live. Much that is offered on the idea market consists of lies.

We can become insensitive to the lies because our daily life has inured us to noise. It comes pouring at us from a hundred loudspeakers during nearly every waking moment. What we hear is often false; worse, falsehood is often taken for granted.

One reason for the truth deficit in today’s secular culture is the loss of the logical and philosophical underpinnings for truth once furnished by the Christian faith. The result is relativism. Relativism, the naïve notion that anybody truth is as good as anybody else’s, has gained a firm foothold among many people today.

Pontius Pilate asked the now famous question: “What is truth?” (John 18:38). He asked that question of Jesus, who is the “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Truth stood before Pilate and he didn’t even recognize it. The same truth Jesus wanted to share with Pilate He shares with the world through the inspired Scriptures. Jesus prayed to the Father: “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).

From the Bible, the Word of God, we learn what truth really is. The truth we need to know is everything God is and does for us by grace. It is truth that God is a loving God. It is also truth that God is a just God. He must punish sin, and He promises to do so. If He would fail to punish sin, He would not be truth. He would deny His own nature. So our just and loving God punished His perfect Son as a substitute for all of us sinners. And because Jesus satisfied all the demands of God’s justice, we are declared righteous in God’s sight. We are fully forgiven. We learn this truth from the inspired Scriptures and the Holy Spirit gives us the faith that believes and holds on to this saving truth.

If we continue, hold, and abide in His Word we will know the truth, the truth that sets us free and this truth will not change from day to day or from year to year. God’s truth will remain unchanged until we enter eternity. His truth remains a constant source of courage, hope, and strength for us every day of our lives.

In this age where truth doesn’t seem to matter, we need to hold on to Jesus’ teaching. We need to be glued to His Word. Martin Luther was treated as a criminal. His life was frequently in danger. Many of the apostles suffered martyrdom because they held on to God’s truth. Holding on to Jesus’ word can be challenging for us as well.

Difficulties, troubles, persecution will be a part of life this side of heaven. After all, we live in a sin-fallen and sin-full world. But through all of this the truth of God will not be diminished. His promises will remain the same. He will see us through and will work out everything for our good. That is truth. It is truth you and I can count on. “Jesus said: ‘If you hold to My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’”

Defend Your truth O God, and stay this evil generation, and from the error of its way keep Your own congregation. The wicked everywhere abound and would Your little flock confound, but You are our salvation. Amen.

President Don Fondow