Love Truth and Reject Lies
I want to believe people when they tell me something. I do. I’m not wired to assume everything that comes out of someone’s mouth is dishonest. I don’t enjoy believing that the speaker is just trying to sell me something or has a different personal agenda of some kind, and therefore is not above twisting the facts for their own purposes. I’m convinced this mindset makes me a happier person. The downside is that it makes me somewhat (extremely?) gullible. I’ve been taken in by a sad story or two only to find out later there was some dishonestly involved in the details.
However, there are some lies that even I can spot. If a religious organization tells me that it was a sin for me to get married I know that’s a lie. If my tax lady tells me it’s not a big deal to make up some numbers I know that’s a lie. If a friend tells me that flirting with other women is not a big deal I know that’s a lie too. One reason I can spot these lies is that I expect them, for I am warned: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). The warning wouldn’t be necessary if no one was trying to deceive! Another reason I can tell is the Bible shows me what the truth is in every matter pertaining to life and godliness. 1 Corinthians 7 shows me that my marriage was not a sin. 1 Timothy 3:8 shows me dishonesty for financial gain is not a good quality in a church leader (or anyone). 1 Timothy 5:2 says I should treat women with absolute purity. These are truths! Messages that oppose them are lies.
This is not to say that an opposing message doesn’t sound good sometimes. Following God’s Word can be uncomfortable sometimes. Sometimes living out my faith leads to a sacrifice that I don’t want to make. So when someone comes along and says: “God is fine if you just live the way you want but come to church Sunday morning” I see the appeal! But my prayer is that I love the truth enough to reject every false message, no matter how good it sounds at the time. I pray this for all of you as well, so that you will not be numbered among those who “refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10).