One evening last week, I read Psalm 85 a few minutes before I watched the evening news. There was a graphic contrast in the manner in which the two considered the subject of truth.
As I watched interviews of politicians and their proficiency in spinning the truth, I wished they had taken the time to read Psalm 85 and to consider the words of both Jesus and Solomon:
- In John 8:32, Jesus said: You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
- In Proverbs 12:17, Solomon said: Truthful witness by a good person clears the air, but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit. ~ The Message
The need for honest assessments and truthful dialogue has been the subject of discussion since the advent of man, and I’ve selected a couple of comments as examples:
- K. Chesterton: “Right is right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it.”
- Albert Einstein: “Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”
- Augustine: “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”
Stephen Covey has said: Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Trust, however, can be victimized when we are too casual with the truth, and too comfortable with deceit.
The life motto of some people seems to be a question: Why tell the truth when a good lie will do?
The spiritual environment of Ephesus was a polluted atmosphere of toxic distrust due to a litany of lies perpetrated through the worship of Artemis. Because of this, Paul encouraged the church to no longer be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes, but speak the truth in love, so you will grow up into Christ (Ephesians 4:14-14).
I will end this post where I started, and that is with the words of Psalm 85:
Mercy and truth have met. Righteousness and peace have kissed.
Truth sprouts from the ground, and righteousness looks down from heaven.
The Lord will certainly give us what is good, and our land will produce crops.
Righteousness will go ahead of him, and make a path for his steps.