PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
WHAT IS TRUTH
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:36-37
Jesus stands before Pilate and is asked, “are you a king?” Jesus gives a clear and unambiguous answer to a straight forward question; yes, I am a king, but not of this world. Pilate didn’t have any problem understanding the truth of what Jesus said. He also could see clearly that Jesus was innocent of any charges brought against him.
Isn’t that what governing officials are called to do, discover or uncover truth from lies and deception and once the truth is revealed to make it known to others? Deuteronomy 16:18-20a Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. Follow justice and justice alone. However, this is not what Pilate did, he heard and saw the truth but chose to reject it. He looked the other way to secure his own political future with Rome. Truth took a back seat to personal gain and popular opinion, and the continuance of an ideology.
It is sad when we fail to recognize truth, especially when it is right in front of us, and we are all guilty of this at some point. However, it is tragic when we recognize the truth but deliberately reject it and embrace a lie. The truth may be painful or difficult to accept, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Truth may hurt, but often with an open mind we will benefit from it when accepted.
Pilate was cynical, he thought all truth was relative. Doesn’t that sound 21st century and at the heart of post-modernism where absolutes don’t exist. We live in a cauldron of moral relativism and if not corrected leads to destruction.
Pilate, when staring into the eyes of truth retorted, “What is truth?” He thought that by ignoring truth he could avoid his moral responsibilities, not so!
Unfortunately, we live in a time where truth has been turned on its head, it is spun to suit one’s worldview and personal advancement. When truth becomes relative, everyone’s opinion is on equal standing and there is no right or wrong, unless of course you hold to biblical truth, then you become a bigot, and many other things. How sad for churches and Christians to reject certain truths and embrace sin or a nation’s leaders who replace truth with a lie hoping it will advance their power, position and philosophy.
With all that is going on in our nation we need to pray for wisdom and protection upon all in authority, (1 Timothy 2:1-3) that truth will be embraced and lies exposed and rejected.
When a nation rejects truth that nation will fall.
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way: Wednesday 29, 3:30. Confirmation test Pt.2.
6:30PM Bible Study. Anyone is welcome.
Sunday 26, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Jesus, Merciful High Priest
10:15 Sunday school for all.
Annual meeting, Sunday, February 9, 10:20 or so.