Bold for Truth
An evil coward with a gun climbed on a school bus in Pakistan and shot an unarmed 14 year old school girl in the head to silence her courage. From the time she was 11 this Catholic teenager had boldly spoken out for truth, knowing she did so with the threat of death from the wicked Islamic Taliban who cannot survive when truth flourishes. Unfortunately, such boldness, especially in one so young, is rare. Who invites intimidation and death for the privilege to speak truth and refuse silence? Those who love truth! This very bold young girl, fighting for her life today in a hospital in the UK, reminds us of the boldness of 17 year old Joseph (Genesis 39-50) who also loved truth and risked death to proclaim it.
Those who remain silent or just go along to get along when truth is reviled and falsehood is trumpeted, are said by Christ to be like salt that is no longer salty; in other words, good for nothing, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (Matthew 5:13) There are many who are content to be numbered among this crowd. Better to be a living “good for nothing, than a dead martyr for truth, they think. But this thinking fails to consider the truth of their position which they have willfully chosen with cowardice. The love of truth is missing. The Mighty and Living God honors warriors for truth and guarantees their reward. Those who seek to save their life by remaining silent or approving the acts of unrighteousness, lose it. They will not stand in the judgment. Their end is assured.
Sadly, many detracting elements in this life effectively erode a love for truth. Pride in being liked by the world and accepted by the crowd leads the list. The fear of man is a fierce pressure. Only the fear of God can overcome it. If you fear man, you cannot fear God and the truth is not your first love. A lack of hunger for truth dulls your instinct for truth. Those who hunger for righteousness will be satisfied, Jesus promises. They will find the truth, and their instinct for truth will be sharpened. Every day we are confronted with information demanding a verdict from our mind and affections. A sharp instinct for truth is your antennae to sort through the flood of information coming from a myriad of sources. The Holy Spirit is the ever present Helper to insure your antennae are functioning well. His guidance never contradicts, adds, or takes away from Scripture. The advice of man can lead astray, but God’s Word never fails. The Bereans are praised in the Scriptures because when they heard even the Apostle Paul they searched the Scriptures to ascertain the truth of all he said. We should follow in their train!
The Scriptures warn us that we live in a world filled with many who speak falsehoods and hate the truth. If you are a genuine seeker and lover of truth you have the power of Jesus’ prayer in your behalf: “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth…And for their sake I consecrate Myself, that they also may be sanctified (set apart) in truth. (John 17:17 and 19) If this is Jesus’ priority, it should be yours. Be bold as a lion for truth!
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