Truth, Creation, and Love

Exodus 23:1

You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness.

Ephesians 4:25

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors.

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Lighthouse Church now occupies the B’nai Israel Synagogue in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

When I was a boy I was truth-challenged. Most often it was because I had done something I should not have done, and would lie to try to get out of trouble. I would most often get caught, and have to admit that I had not told the truth. I’ve since learned better.

When we tell a lie we are trying to do something that only God can do. He spoke the world into existence. He said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. When we speak something that is not true, we are trying to create a world that does not exist. We’re not very good at that.

That would be a foundation of speaking truth to our neighbor, but there is yet another reason to refuse to join hands with the wicked and act as a malicious witness, and it’s even more important and far-reaching. Love would constrain us from such unkindness.

That seems to me to speak to our current political climate. No matter your political affiliation or candidate of choice, our calling as followers of Jesus is to speak the truth in love. Negative ads and campaigns may win elections, but truth spoken in love flows from hearts steeped in the love of Christ.

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