BATTLE OF ‘TRUTHS’
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.”
Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)
Every ‘truth’ is right! At least according to the person who believes it. Human beings have passed through trails of hyper intelligent persons. Such are historic intellectuals like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexandria the great, Confucius, just to mention but a few. These people formulated different philosophies in the past, or otherwise, logic and reason.
The most brainy men and women borrowed and still borrow from their viewpoints to date. These are used by people who see ounces or pounds of truth from these men’s intellectual extractions. Machiavelli, another famed political philosopher, introduced his own thoughts on leadership. In one of them he says as quoted in his famed book ‘The Prince’, “It is much safer to be feared than loved because …love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.
Well, well, is that not just a different way of saying, for one to be an effective leader, they must choose to be feared rather than being loved through hostilely treatment? Just wondering! From previous testaments that have been passed down over the years, Machiavelli viewed a good and polite leader as a weak loophole in the leadership booth. He must have confidently believed that when you are nice to people you lead, chances are they’ll be lazy, ignorant or overbearing and generally undiligent. And the opposite of this statement is absolutely true-well, according to Machiavelli’s perspective. Furthermore, he quotes in his book ‘The discourse’ that, “Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.”
Besides Machiavelli’s opinions on life or leadership, today we have motivational speakers who tells us all kinds of ‘truths’ which all sound credible. I am sometimes spoilt for choices when it comes to picking some ‘truths’, as all usually bear reasonable meaning. But at the end of the day, what matters are my choices. Will I push forward with Machiavelli’s reasons, or a motivational logic, or, better yet, will I create my own ‘truth’?
That is the reality of the life we live today. A reality wasted in so much ‘truths’. A reality where people have the liberty to create or conform to whatsoever veracities they feel carries much meaning to them.
I can say that this is my one big lesson, so far, this year. Thus I do consider whatever this blog post bears today as an important memo to me and hopefully to you too. However, at the end of the day, the freedom is all yours to pick the truth from your very own outlook. After all, each of us is at the disposal of God-given freewill, right? Right!
TRUTH! Google defines this word as, “An act or reality that is accepted as true”. But let me take a detour towards how Christians define it. The Bible’s interpretation is that truth is as simple as the name, Jesus Christ.
“I am the way, the Truth and the light…” whoever passes through me shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 14:6.
Those are words quoted straight from Christ, where he declares himself to be ‘the truth’.
We are in a realm where we are all seeking something, whatever that is, or whomever! For this article, I am much interested in the seekers of Christ, who don’t really seek Him. And because of what? ‘Truths’ from all angles mentioned above, including those of our own justifications.
Most of us have had our minds whirling in the winds of research and inquisition, trying to create ‘truths’ that suit us best. I have asked a good number of my acquaintances and friends why they don’t go to church, or why they don’t mingle with believers, and they have come up with all sorts of reasons; “the pastors are this and that, church goers are all hypocrites….you, see, they don’t do as they preach…see, I can read the Bible and listen to preachers on radio or watch on TV…” and so forth, and so on.
But here’s the thing, through such excuses we judge too much and halt ourselves from fellowship with God, we end up following the ways of the world, for lack of apt direction.
Whenever I have come to a point of criticizing fellow Christians on what they aren’t doing right, I have often asked myself whether I am any different! For instance, have I done anything better for the glory of God? Have I acted differently to set an example to whomever I judge? Have I made things easier for the Kingdom or am I simply a void critique?
That there is your food for thought too!
God is calling out for you personally, individually. And you’ll be going to heaven on your own behalf, so you work on that path alone, according to the word that holds one ‘TRUTH’. If anyone doesn’t get it right according to what you believe is right, somehow, help them get it right, and if that is not possible, lead the way right! But don’t conform to a ‘truth’ that you create in your own conscience, because that way you do nothing but trip!
Christ, is much interested in every one of us! And if there’s any truth to be sought, it’s His only. Let the Spirit guide you, us, in discerning the truth. Amen!