“I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father.” 2 John 4
Yup, I am a former truth dodger! Those who know me would most likely say, “No, Alison, you are an “advocate” for truth. Is it possible, to both love truth and avoid it simultaneously? Nope! I hope you will read on and allow me to explain.
How does one go from an advocate to avoider of truth? It’s a slow and subtle process of allowing the lies of the enemy to creep in unnoticed. What does dodging truth look like? For me, it has been a slippery slope from advocate for to the dodger of truth. Staying silent in fear of turning people away from the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Holding back “apples of gold in settings of silver” “words that could have been spoken in right circumstances”. Proverbs 25:11, so as not to offend friends and family. Deluding myself into thinking that I don’t want to sound like one of “those” Christians. Ones who share pious platitudes and don’t obey the commandment of 2 John 4 to walk habitually in the truth of God’s Word…the Bible. BTW, in the day and time we find ourselves, I always qualify what I mean by God’s Word, as it does not mean the same thing for all people. The whole Bible IS the Word of God. It does not simply contain God’s truth. There is a difference between the two.
The awakening of my heart to sin came in the form of anger. Plain and simple…I became an angry Christian. Watching family and friends suffer unjustly, the corruption in our country and the body of Christ being “tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” have shocked and resuscitated me out of my dead state of heart, mind and being. The absence of absolute truth in so many arenas has spurred me on to my own heart searching. What I found was not pretty. Actually, it was pretty ugly.
The TRUTH of God’s Word, yes, I believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible, is what always brings me back to right thinking. Romans 12:1-2
“if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
According to the verse above, it became time for me to eat some of that humble pie.
My responsibility is to guard my own heart, not to judge others.. To “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which I have been called” Ephesians 4:1 and not be discouraged by the present circumstances, in which we find ourselves in these last of the “last days”.
In 2008, after being so discouraged by the politics and leaders of our country, an online ministry called Beloved Truth was born. It’s now 2016, and the leaders of the greatest nation on the planet…the United States, don’t have any truth in them. Our society is crumbling right before our eyes. Our children and grandchildren will be growing up in a land where truth doesn’t matter anymore! How did we get here? One thing I know, I have been participating in the avoidance of truth and the blame is on me. If I am elusive with truth, how am I part of the solution? I thank God who gently takes His children, believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and directs our steps back to His paths of righteousness.
If you have observed anger in me, I seek your forgiveness. Maybe you see the same thing in yourself? “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8
This new revised version of Beloved Truth, is a place to hold myself accountable to truth. Why do I need accountability partners…because truth, God’s truth is beloved. I hope you will join with me in standing for the Word of God in the upcoming difficult days we will be facing in a culture that avoids truth. Let’s become advocates together.
On a final note, when sharing truth we must be obedient to the Word of the Lord in Ephesians 4: 14-15. We must speak truth in the same way our Lord Jesus modeled for us…in love. Our motives behind the desire to share truth should be forefront in our hearts and minds. Whether sharing with a friend or loved one, in the realm of politics or any where Christ has placed us, love should be the driving factor behind being a truth proclaimer.
For, you see, truth and love go hand-in-hand. Why? Because God’s truth is BELOVED. It is beloved truth.
PS: I love to study the Bible inductively! Not looking at commentaries written by man, but handling accurately the truth through careful observation and contextual study. If there is one key word you see repeated in this blog…it is truth. I hope to help you in the days ahead learn a bit more about studying truth for yourself.
I would love to hear your comments and connect with you! BTW…it’s great for me to be back home at Beloved Truth.