Do you swear to tell the truth, nothing but the truth so help you God? Most of us are familiar with that statement when a person takes the witness stand in court. Question! Do we really know what the truth is? First of all let’s understand there is NO truth apart from the Word of God.
Today, we have a culture infested with bias, hypocrisy, deception and indoctrination. If not careful, even the “believer” can get caught up in the whirlwind of culture. Social media has played an intricate part of what people perceive, believe and receive as truth, not always good. Where did that person circulating the view get their information? What’s the attitude of that idea or message, what does it promote? If you’re a believer in the Messiah then these are no brainer questions we should ask ourselves. We absolutely ARE living in the last days before the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ, as such, were told in scripture what the world would look like and how were to live. (1 Timothy 4 & Ephesians 4). We should not take scripture out of context twisting it to make a particular point.
Let’s do a self-check and see if we took the witness stand in the House of God Courtroom, how we’d answer: here we go:
As a US citizen you have the right to object and refute any government authority? Do you agree or disagree.
A Peace agreement has been in the works for years between the Israelis’ and Palestinians, do you agree they are entitled to have a state of their own?
Scriptures tell us we should welcome the stranger, care for widows and orphans, so that being said, should that cancel out having borders to our country?
Just a few critical issues our nation faces that many people seem to be confused about. We should remember when looking at scripture to see what the common theme and pattern throughout the scriptures say and what group of people the bible is talking about, the Jews, gentiles or the nations. Remember too, although we may have rights as a citizen from the country we live in, as believers, our government and authority comes from Heaven above which means our response to the way we live and conduct ourselves should reflect that.
Make no mistake; the scriptures have something to say about borders, about authority, about dividing up the land of Israel as it does about every issue. We must have a discerning ear to know what truth is; the enemy tries to provoke our emotions, to join the bandwagon of radical behavior and keep us divided, in discord and disillusioned. Only when we look to the Word of God for the answers and clarity we need, will we truly know the “truth” and be set free from the lies, deception, and bondages of the enemy.
Scripture references to quiz: (1) Romans 13:1-2; (2) Joel 3:1-2 (3) Acts 17:26; Joshua 15 Written by: Patricia Shannon