What is true?

“What is truth?” Pilate asked 2,000 years ago.

It was an off-hand line he used to dismiss Jesus’ statement that he came into the world “to testify to the truth”.

Pilates remark in John 18:38 is a comment that we hear increasingly in today’s world.  People use it to brush off claims by Christians that Jesus is the truth.

In his book The Power of Story, evangelist Leighton Ford said that the average person now believes “there is no such thing as an absolute, objective point of view in matters of morality and religion”.

Naturally, that leads to an “anything goes” mentality.  If there is no absolute truth, why should I bother living a moral life or putting my faith in God?

For centuries, people in Western countries accepted that God existed and the Bible expressed the truth in matters of faith and moral standards.  Now, most don’t.

Is this bad?

Probably not.  It means that an apathetic, disinterested population in the West is now a mission field – just like citizens of the Roman Empire in Jesus’ day.  That could make life for believers as exciting as it was in the early days of Christianity.

But this skepticism about truth presents believers with a challenge: We must live as if Jesus is the truth and spoke the truth.  It was the commitment of the first Christians after Jesus ascended to heaven that brought people to the Lord.  Do we live what we preach?

Ford and other writers say we Christians must live differently than the rest of society.  We must act as if Christ really is our guide and that we place him first in our lives.

Beau Crosetto says in his book Beyond Awkward that people judge the truth of our words by how we live.  People will listen to what we say if we admit that we have problems but that we are turning to God to take us through them.

Jesus lived what he declared.  He showed that he cared for people.  He offered himself as a sacrifice for the people he loved.  His commitment was real.  And many believed him.

Jesus showed that he was the truth.  He is calling us to live the truth, too.

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