When I see a title like this, I tune out. It usually means someone is going to go on a rant about some specific belief of theirs, whether political, religious, social, or personal. So why would I risk turning everyone off with a title like this?
Because I believe we are facing just this, a war for truth; not for “a truth” or “your truth” or “my truth”, but for Truth itself. For decades we’ve discussed how postmodernism is relativising Truth and wondered where it would lead us. I’ve watched as my youth classes have ever increasingly answered the most basic questions with, “It depends” to the point that it has become a joke among us. And now I listen to our presidential candidates who say something one day and then say the opposite the next, and then on the third day deny they said either of those things, even when faced with a recording of their own words. When Truth is no longer consistent, we have lost the ability to communicate.
As Jesus stood before Pilate on the day that He died, they had a conversation about Truth.
“…The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. And then he left Him… – John 18:37
I don’t know about you, but I am on the side of Truth, and I define Truth by Jesus’ words. The Truth is that we were created for relationship. The Truth is that when we fight the truth, there are consequences. The Truth is that Jesus came, fully God and fully Man, to show us the way back to Truth, and then to die in our place, to take on and pay the price for our Truthlessness. The Truth is that by following Jesus, we can live with Him forever. This is the Truth, not an opinion. It won’t change tomorrow because it’s politically convenient. It won’t ever NOT be the truth, which means we can count on it.
What is Truth, Pilate? Jesus is the Truth. If only you’d realized that sooner.