Truth matters but it is a nebulous thing in our world today; Scripture is never hazy about truth! A partial truth—a lie—destroyed paradise. Partial truths ruin relationships, fracture families and dishonor Jesus Christ, the Truth. In our journey through names of Christ, we will pause today to look at Him as the Faithful Witness of Revelation 1:5; 3:14). Truth is not nebulous for the Christian.
A recent court case dodged the question of whether legislating truth in political advertisements is valid or not. The Supreme Court, in supporting the right of the Susan B. Anthony List to file a suit against an Ohio Law demanding truth in advertising, fired another round in the on-going battles of First Amendment Free Speech rights. As Christians, our allegiance is to total truth. From the Ten Commandments to the Revelation of John, false and faithful witnesses are clearly delineated. Falsehoods are the natural language of the devil; we do not need the government to legislate that for us. Determining truth is our responsibility.
Social Media transports truth and lies with blinding speed. Often we share without verifying accuracy or understanding all of the dynamics of a story. As friends of the Truth, we must not carelessly share falsehoods and partial truths. Numerous websites exist to help us sort through what is said and the various factors that give clarity to statements. Truth or Fiction, Snopes and Fact Check are a few of the larger sites. Even if the facts are true, we ought to filter our decisions about sharing through Ephesians 4:29. When an insightful (or incite-full) piece looms in front of us, let us look first to Jesus (the Faithful Witness) before we choose to be a witness for it.
Jesus, our example as the Faithful Witness, continually looked toward the Father. He did what witnesses do: He saw the work of the Father and spoke of it. That is our job too! We are not to look at the works of the devil and broadcast them. We are to use the eyes of Christ to see His Father’s hand in our lives, in others’ lives and speak life. Only the pure in heart see God, so if our eyes are blinded to His work and the world seems dark, we need some time in His presence letting His forgiveness heal our hearts and restore our sight. Let us be witnesses who broadcast the Good News!