For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Romans 1:18-19
Have you ever met a person who lies?
Of course, you have. There are amateur liars and professional liars. There are those who confine their lies to important things and those who lie just for the pure pleasure of it.
About three months ago I met a man whom I believe had to have been a charter member of the International Liars' Club. I met this man by accident. He was trying to beat out a yellow light at a busy intersection. He was about half a block away when the light turned yellow. In response he accelerated. By the time he blasted through the intersection, the light was a very pretty, cherry red.
Actually, he only blasted part way through the intersection. His tardiness ended taking out the left-rear panel of a van which was, quite innocently, going through on green.
When I talked with the police about what I had seen, the officer told me the man who had tried to beat the light was really angry.
No, he wasn't angry with himself, nor was he angry with the other driver. He was angry at the light for not having stayed yellow long enough.
Talk about suppressing the truth. The man was a master.
Of course, in this sinful world he is hardly alone in such a practice. There are governments that try to suppress the truth of Jesus, the Savior. They are even afraid to let anyone share the Savior's story with their people.
Then there are other religions that try to eliminate the truth. You know who they are without me having to list them.
Then there are some courts and educational institutions that do their best to confine the truth, or twist it or make it into something it isn't.
This is why we few who still believe in God's truth, which comes to us in the Holy Word and points to the Person of our crucified and risen Savior, need to stand fast. Now remember, this is the truth we're talking about; we're not referring to a truth, that is, one of many semi, pseudo, or made-up claimants to the title.
No, we need to hold fast to Jesus who is the Truth, who forgives sinners and saves the lost -- only Jesus, and we dare never compromise and lie about Him.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, there are times we kid ourselves. That may be because the truth is too hard to face, or it may be because we think nobody will believe us. As Your redeemed children, we ask that we be empowered to speak the truth in love so others may see, appreciate and believe in the Savior. In His Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries