What Is Truth—And Does It Exist in Politics?
As the presidential campaign season unfolds ahead of the 2020 election, candidates and citizens alike, says the American Pastors Network, should consider this question: “What is truth?”
APN President Sam Rohrer, host of the popular daily radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today,” heard on more than 425 stations nationwide, as well as the daily radio feature, “Stand in the Gap Minute,” said some candidates for public office don’t even know the answer to the question, “What is truth?”
For instance, some time ago, Rohrer said, he interviewed a candidate and asked him to define truth. His answer: “I don’t know.”
“So I asked,” Rohrer recalled, “‘How will you make your decisions in office and know you’re right?’ The candidate said, ‘I guess I’ll follow my gut.’ Truth is not open for debate or found in the gut. Rejecting Jesus as truth ensures no moral compass. Rejecting truth results in confusion, moral bankruptcy, bribery and corruption. Rejecting truth guarantees that no person, be they Republican, Democrat or Independent, can lead with integrity, principle and consistency, as each desirable character traits hinges on truth as defined by God’s Word and modeled by Jesus Christ.”
As an example, Rohrer pointed to Isaiah 59:19, which says: “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against them.”
“As political campaigns overwhelm our land, lies and distortions are told, and truth falls in the streets, Isaiah declares that God’s Spirit will raise up a standard against it,” Rohrer said. “This standard, of course, is Jesus Christ—the Way and the Truth. But God often chooses to raise up His prepared Remnant as the salt and light—the truth standard to oppose evil and make clear the truth. Every true Christian is part of God’s empowered standard to stand against the enemies of truth. The real question is: ‘Are we doing our part?”
Additionally, because the culture has become morally sick—having defined good as evil and evil as good—is there a cure?
“When truth is rejected and division results, is there healing?” Rohrer continued. “There can be. To some, the Bible is inspiring—a good book. For others, the Bible is a source of truth. At the American Pastors Network, we lift up the Word of God as the final authority—the only source of truth—never in error and always right. It alone defines good and evil. It alone can point the lost and wandering to eternal life. It alone, if obeyed, can heal the lonely heart and restore the broken family. Obedience to God’s Word alone can restore our nation and return God’s blessing to us. An absolute cure exists, but only if we embrace the truth.”
Likewise, in Matthew 10:36, Rohrer added, Jesus made a startling statement: “I have not come to send peace but a sword.”
“Why would God contrast peace with a sword?” Rohrer asked. “When pastors rightly preach God’s truth, citizens embrace truth, and those in office properly wield the sword of truth, it will instruct, bring clarity from confusion and heal the division caused by the enemies of truth who pit rich against poor, white against black and so on. You see, the sword of truth divides truth from lies, Christ from Satan and freedom from bondage. Accepting Christ as truth brings God’s peace and joy. Rejecting Christ brings judgment and separation from God’s peace. Choosing truth or rejecting truth is a choice that brings healing or judgment, life or death.”
Rohrer also pointed to Joshua 24:15, where Joshua challenged the people by saying, ‘if you’ve got a problem serving the God of heaven, then be honest enough to state who you will serve.”
“Serving God requires purposeful choices with a life that proves it!” he said. “While most Americans say they’re Christians, their lives don’t prove it—and our culture unfortunately reflects it with saltless salt, little light and no morally prevailing influence. It’s our lives, not our words, that matter. The time has come to reject idle speech and hearts that worship other gods. Living holy, having a compelling Christian testimony and embracing truth with no other gods before us is a choice. May we like Joshua declare, ‘but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD’—of Truth!”
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