“Does the Truth Really Matter anymore?


It is that time of year when we are hearing from a lot of presidential hopefuls. I was struck once again at how irrelevant “the truth” seems to be. One candidate when asked about one of her past responsibilities that hinged on what was true answered in these words: “What does it matter?”   We are told to get over it, let it go, stop pushing. Truth used to matter. In days gone by truth was the touchstone by which we were willing to weigh all our actions and decisions. What has happened to us that we can so easily set aside the truth?  I saw a cartoon recently of a little girl with tongue in cheek saying to her parents – “so you want me to tell the truth??? What about the tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny, and Santa Clause?” Uh, Oh!” She made a very good point to her parents!

Somewhere along the line we diminished the truth ever so slightly and then it became easier to move on to much bigger things.  Now it seems that truth can be set aside casually if the occasion demands and the lie forwards my plans and ambitions. Truth becomes expendable. Political expediency becomes the touchstone for weighing our actions and decisions.

Of course the question then must come to us, so…is it all that important?  What does it really hurt? If goals are accomplished and we are all better off {?} what’s the big deal.

In some matters it may not seem to make that big a difference. But what about when you go to the doctor and he says to you that you are fine after the exam [and yet he knows you are not because he felt a lump or saw something disconcerting on your blood test]. Perhaps he meant well and did not want to upset you.   Perhaps he just thought with time that condition would go away and you would be alright. Really?  You want a doctor who thinks truth is not all that critical? You want a leader who thinks truth does not matter?

It becomes even more sobering when we think of the stakes surrounding life and death, time and eternity.  Some tell us all God wants is for you to do your best. YET…the truth is that unless you come to Christ for salvation, you will die in your sins and live eternally separated from God in hell [Romans 6:23; John 5:24].  All of the sudden, TRUTH REALLY DOES MATTER!  You see if you allow yourself to be conditioned to the notion that truth does not matter, then when the really big issues of life loom, you will be in DEEP TROUBLE.

Granted…sometimes truth is hard to get at, but Jesus put it simply to us in John 14:6 – I AM the way, the truth and the life. Jesus said that knowing him  was embracing the truth and that would free us from that which would destroy us [ John 8:32]. Jesus affirmed that the Bible, God’s Word, is TRUTH [John 17:17]. We do have a touchstone of truth and we had better heed it in the day where truth does not seem to matter anymore. THINK IT THRU…