By: Chris Thomas
One of the things that I have noticed is that you can tell much about a person when you expose them to the truth. Some people can’t handle truth. Some people try to avoid truth. Some people try to change truth. One thing is for sure, truth is truth. You can’t avoid it and you can’t change it. From politicians to pulpits, the truth is being distorted. Throughout the course of the year, lies have been told, truth has been distorted, and emotions have been damaged. In my daily reading, I read Jude 16 and realized something.
These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. (Jude 16)
Every person who mishandled, abused, misused, avoided, and distorted truth did so for one thing and one thing only……”for the sake of gaining an advantage.” I kept on reading the rest of Jude and my eyes were opened to much more. Look at the damage caused by those who distort the truth to their advantage in Jude 19:
These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.
We are a divided country because of the misuse of truth. We must look no further than the political realm of our country. We have become all too familiar with the terms “class warfare”, “war against women”, “racial warfare” during the course of this election cycle. As Christians, we must learn that fellowship with individuals such as these is detrimental to your spiritual health. One thing Paul warns us about in II Timothy 3:13 is that attitude will get worse and worse. People going after what they want, striving for what they desire, we have become a selfish society in a nation founded by selfless people. We live where people have taken the place of God and determine what is best for them devoid of the word of God, devoid of the Spirit, devoid of truth. Be careful. Be on guard. They are where you expect them to be and where you least expect them to be. We must hold to the words found in Jude where he reminds us to cling to the truth of God’s word and remember them:
But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Jude 17)
All Scripture quotations is from NASB
Part II Tomorrow…