What is striking about the Apostle Paul’s list of items to help us stand firm in this world is that he begins with truth. Unfortunately, truth today is under attack. Today, it seems people don’t want to be bothered with the truth, or with facts, they just want to believe whatever it is they believe- whether it is true or not. But as God’s people, we have an obligation to both seek the truth and speak the truth, albeit speak the truth in love.
For years, John Polkinghorne was a professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. However, when he was 49 years old, he left Cambridge and entered the seminary. In writing about that time of his life, he says: “My life changed in all sorts of ways at that transition point, but not in relation to the search for truth, both as a scientist and as a theologian. That’s the absolutely controlling factor. ‘Is it true?’ is the vital question.”
As God’s people, that is still the vital question: “Is it true?” We have an obligation to the truth – and the truth is, we are deeply loved, forgiven, and set free.
Gracious God, help us to be clothed in your truth, wrapped in your love and live in your grace. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Kurt M Billings, Partner Congregation Pastor, Past Board Member
Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.-Ephesians 6:14-17