This is not a political post, Please, stay with me, but recently President Elect Donald Trump tweeted that millions of people voted illegally. That claim has no veracity and has widely been proven false. This hasn’t stopped Trump supporters from defending this claim. Enter Scottie Nell Hughes defending Trump on tv. She began to discuss the malleable nature of the truth, and concludes her comments with the bombshell statement, “There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore, [as] facts.” People have made fun of her and this statement. Amid the backlash, Hughes has even clarified what she meant, but this statement is no laughing matter. It is astounding at how many people live according to Hughes’s claim, including Christians. The belief that the truth is relative, malleable, and individualistic is wide spread in our country and is damaging the very fabric of our society.
Philosophic arguments against the absolute nature of truth can be traced all the way back to certain Sophists in the 5th Century B.C.E., but boy, have they gained popularity in America. Postmodernism, Relativism, and Subjectivism are three branches of philosophy containing a variety of systems that all question truth and the validity of truth. Barna conducted a poll, in 2002, discovering that 64% of adults in the U.S. and a whopping 83% of teenagers in the U.S. believe that truth is always relative. The vast majority of Americans do not believe in absolute moral truths and absolute right and wrong. Barna concluded that Americans determine the truth most often by their “feelings.” Americans believe facts and truth can be determined by their feelings.
That is truly terrifying.
Do you know what I feel? Do you know how I feel? Often, my feelings can be dark or cruel or just misled, and you do not want me making decisions on moral truth by my feelings.
The idea that truth is relative is suppose to encourage tolerance and acceptance. The goal of the nebulous nature of truth is to help Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics, Ethnicities, Nationalities, People Groups, and Belief Systems interact with one another without conflict. You may believe in Jesus and your neighbor may believe in Buddhism and that is ok because what is true for you is true for you, and what is true for your neighbor is true for them. A relative truth is suppose to help us get along and to encourage peace, but really think about that. My own personal feelings can determine what is true for me. Work that out logically.
What if I feel that in order to be a good husband, I must discipline my wife physically?
What if I feel that in order to protect my family, I must abuse the homosexual couple next door until they move out of our neighborhood?
What if I feel that in order to strengthen our country, I must limit and work against ethnic minorities and their inferior bloodlines?
Without absolute moral truth, you cannot say any of those actions are evil. Relative truth does not open the door for love, acceptance, and peace. Relative truth opens the door for the justification, in our minds, of evil. Then, others cannot speak against it or show that it is morally evil because, “what is true for me…”
The practice of relative truth should frighten us.
Love and peace are not going to come from allowing whatever to be held as truth by whoever wants to hold it. Love and peace truly come from accepting the absolute moral truth from a God whose character has revealed love and peace as objectively, morally good.
Truth is not relative. Truth is not malleable. Truth is not individualistic. Truth by definition is the actual state of a matter. Whether or not an action or inaction is good or evil is a fact. We must become a people that care about truth, facts, and objective morality, or we will become a society that embraces evil as good and lies as truth.
In John 14:6, we learn that Jesus Christ is the truth, and we must stand upon Christ as truth. Christians, do not tolerate the acceptance and belief in falsehood, first and foremost, in yourselves! Seek, learn, study, and grow in God’s Word as the ultimate standard of truth. Christian, if you hold to a truth outside of God’s Word, you are a hypocrite leading people away from truth and toward evil.
Secondly, it is not only morally right, it is a moral imperative that we lead others to the truth! The idea that you are not allowed to share Jesus or speak against someone’s beliefs because they have already determined their personal truth is as ludicrous as allowing your child to believe that 2 plus 2 equals 7. If your child believes that 2 plus 2 equals 7, there are consequences for that false belief. Your child will never pass a math class or properly balance a check book, and because of those consequences, you would correct your child and teach them that 2 plus 2 truly equals 4.
There are consequences for people who hold to moral falsehoods. They are either actively doing evil or actively not doing good, both of which damages them as a person. Also, not holding to the moral truth of Jesus will lead to eternal separation from God, and we need to care about that! We need to care that people believe in the moral truth that leads to God, and John 14:6 also says that there is only one moral path to God.
We must become a people that hold firm to the absolute truth of God. We must become a people that live the absolute truth of God. We must become a people that care enough about others to lead them to the absolute truth of God.
This is not a matter of tolerance and acceptance. This is a matter of good and evil, life and death, God and hell.
If you are reading this and are thinking, absolute moral truth leads to intolerance and hate and bigotry, I challenge you to closely examine the life of the only person who lived an ongoing morally truthful life from his birth, which was Jesus Christ, and then, find his intolerance, his hate, and his bigotry.
Absolute moral truth is NOT the enemy. It is our salvation.
Preacher Jesse Colbert