“When they came they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone’s favor, because you show no partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we? But he saw through their hypocrisy and said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”
“Pilate asked, “What is truth?” When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders and announced, “I find no basis for an accusation against him.”
“Look, you desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom.”
“The fear of people becomes a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD will be set on high.”
With flattery they approached Jesus, couching their questions with seeming adoration of Jesus’ reputation of being truthful. He knew their hearts. He did not seek fame nor popularity with them. The people who had eyes and ears to understand the truth Christ shared listened with delight. The ones who were jealous, racked with guilt over their sin or even self righteous – plotted to murder him.
Jesus was not deterred by their mocking one bit. He did not fear them, either, but longed for them to know the truth and just kept living the perfect life before them. He was more concerned about their salvation and did not try to utilize “seeker sensitive” means to win their hearts.
Truth accomplishes one of two reactions in those who hear it; it is either received and embraced or infuriates the one who does not want to be convicted by the truth. It seems truth is an instigator. We have to do something with it – we cannot hear it and have no response.
As believers in a very politically correct charged society, we have a dilemma. To be all things to all people does not mean to compromise. How are we to reach this world when absolute truth is no longer recognized or accepted? Living a righteous life speaks volumes more than just telling someone else about it. But what about when we make mistakes? Even in those moments, we can respond in an honest way and repent and glorify God. Living in truth does not mean we are perfect, but honesty is refreshing and what this world needs more than politically correct empty words.
We must put forth God’s truth in a manner consistent with the grace that has been given to us and we must not shrink back. There are those who have not yet bowed their knees to the peecee police – may we not drink the Koolaid, either.
Avoiding persecution is not a righteous choice and persecution is certain if we live in accordance with God’s truth. We will not be understood. We will be mocked. Labeled. Jesus was too. But the peace that comes from Knowing God, searching out His truth and asking Him to help us walk with Him faithfully far outweighs the hollow, temporary acceptance from fickle man.
Lord, help us to live like You did. May we recognize truth and settle for nothing less in our personal lives. May we not try to curry the favor of man by worldly means, nor fear them, but love them and guide them to You – truth personified.