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A Nation in Turmoil
This past week all the news has been about the Kavanaugh Confirmation hearings before the Senate. On the first day of the hearings 70 arrests were made of protestors who shouted out against confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (the second Supreme Court appointment by President Trump). That number climbed to 212 by day three. Most Pundits expect a 51(R)-49(D) vote in favor of the confirmation others see some bi-partisan support.
The News has been all about the differing opinions between Democrats and Republicans on who will interpret the “truth” in relation to the Constitution on our nations Supreme Court (the highest court in the nation). We currently have eight sitting justices on the Supreme Court, four were appointed by Democrat Presidents and four were appointed by Republican Presidents.
The purpose of a Supreme Court justice is to apply the written document of the Constitution to arguments that come before them; however, how one does that is directly related to ones ideology and religious beliefs rather we want to admit it or not. The growing divide among the two opposing political groups is why the nation is in such turmoil over this crucial decision. Tensions are all the more increased because the term for a Supreme Court justice isn’t just four years as with our President— it is for life!
truth noun \ ˈtrüth \ the quality or state of being true 2. that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality 3. a fact or belief that is accepted as true.
If you look up “truth” in the dictionary you will find several definitions. There are also many philosophical theories on what truth is, one of them being the Consensus theory which holds that truth is whatever is agreed upon by some specified group. Such a group might include all human beings, or a subset thereof consisting of more than one person. Wait a minute! Wouldn’t that mean that if you propagandize something long enough and get the general public to believe then it becomes truth? Isn’t that what the Nazi’s tried to do? Some would say that is what political groups are doing. Others would say that is what religions do…including ours! But is truth merely what is accepted or is it more than that?
Generally speaking one would say that truth is what is factual and real, but those lines become blurred when we introduce feelings. What if “real” feelings are the result of self induced intoxicants, mental illness or sin– should we call the by-products of such things “truth?” It seems to me that we are living in an age where “truth” is relative (note: Relativity is the word for how things only have importance in relation to other things), but this is not what the Bible teaches about truth.
The Word of Truth John 14:6, 15-17, 17:16-18, 2 Timothy 2:15-17a
The whole concept of “relative truth” sounds tolerant and open-minded. However, no one really believes that all truth is relative. No sane person says, “Gravity works for you, but not for me,” and proceeds to jump off a tall building believing no harm will follow. The Bible teaches an absolute truth defined in the scriptures. Those who choose to follow Jesus will recall that he said that he was the truth personified (John 14:6). To “keep his commandments”(John 14:15) we must look to that holy document and develop a passion for that truth which he both lived and taught by. The world will call us brainwashed, but don’t be offended because their label is Biblically correct. In Ephesians 5:26 the husband has the God-given responsibility to read the Word (washing of water by the word) to his wife and family. We are also instructed not to be conformed to the pattern of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). This “renewing only comes through having a soul on fire for God’s holy truth found in his word. Jesus prayed that we would be sanctified (made holy/ set apart) by that truth (John 17:17). One can not be sanctified by that which he never reads! One will never read what he does not have a passion for. The “advocate”(Holy Spirit: John 14:15-17) that Jesus promised to those who desired to love him will put a passion in the believer’s heart for God’s absolute truth, but it is up to the believer to keep that fire burning by studying the Bible and avoiding godless teaching and philosophies which “spread like gangrene” in our world.
We Need a Sword! Hebrews 4: 12-13
The word is likened to a living and active double edged sword (slicing in every direction) in the Bible which cuts through our thoughts and intentions— uncovering everything. It provides more than a band-aid for mankind’s condition. The word of God does soul surgery on the one who submits himself to its operation, and rather we get the surgery or not we will all give an account to the God who offered it to us. We all need a sword to cut away the flesh that separates us from God. Don’t settle for a band-aid when you need surgery!
This sword is also one that believers are to pick up (Ephesians 6:10-11,16-17) as we take our stand against the devil. Without God’s holy word we have no offensive weapon against our enemy. How can we hope to advance in battle without disciplining ourselves to use it? We all need that sword to attack our ever encroaching enemy (1 Peter 5:8).
Our Constitution 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 10:17
Just as The US Constitution is our country’s document on which all liberty and justice rests, so the Bible is the holy document on which all faith and salvation rests. Apart from the Constitution we cannot govern this nation. Apart from the Bible we cannot discern truth. Anti-Christian historical revisionists like to re-write history to make it seem like our nation was not founded on biblical principles but that is not what the historical records actually say nor is there any hint of this from the founding fathers of America. These were not perfect men but they valued God and the Bible as the truth for our country’s government. A true patriot loves God and country. Without God there is no country worth having.
As a signer of the Constitution George Washington said it best: “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” Is your soul on fire for the truth of God found only in his word? Read it while you have the freedom to do so!