This week we begin a new series of messages dealing with truth. “Truth for Our Times” will focus on some of the hot topics of our day and strive to bring the light of Scripture to each issue.
Pontius Pilate asked the classic question, “What is truth?” Jesus claimed to be truth. Do you know what Americans think about truth? The following is part of an extensive survey done by the Barna Group on this topic. The results speak volumes to us about the current dilemma we face as a nation, and how we as the Church affect the situation. Think about this:
- By a 3-to-1 margin (64% vs. 22%) adults said truth is always relative to a person’s situation. The perspective was even more lopsided among teenagers.
- People are most likely to make their moral and ethical decisions on the basis of whatever feels right or comfortable in a situation. The Bible or religious teachings were primarily for a small percentage of adults and teens.
- Whites, blacks and Hispanics differed substantially on these matters.
- While born again Christians were statistically different from non-born again individuals, the differences were minimal; a minority of born again folks believe in absolute truth; and a minority base their moral choices on Scripture.
As Nathan and I attempt to bring the light of God’s Word to these topics it is our prayer that you will engage in the study and dig deep. We must know the truth and act on it in a God honoring way.