In the 2008 election a particular candidate (who shall remain nameless) garnered a large following by telling people what they wanted to hear. Those on the other side of the political aisle grumbled in frustration because no one seemed to pay attention to his ideology, his past record, or, perhaps most importantly, his character. Now we are approaching a new election cycle and the shoe is on the other foot. A particular candidate from the other party (who shall remain nameless) has garnered a large following by telling people what they want to hear and once again no one seems to be paying attention to his ideology, his past record, or, perhaps most importantly, his character. Thinking about this, I can’t help but wonder how many people approach God the same way, telling Him what they think He wants to hear saying, “Lord, Lord,” while hoping their past record, their character, and, most importantly, their unbelief will be overlooked. While I think fully vetting political candidates is important, this does cause me to stop and think about what would happen if God fully vetted me before being allowed into His presence. Knowing all the things that would come to light, there is no way any of us could stand in His presence. Thankfully the Father, by His abundant grace, looks past our track record because of our faith in Jesus Christ. When we stand in the presence of the Father we will be clothed in the righteousness of the Son and our sins will be remembered no more. Politicians will never change their stripes but as believers in Jesus we can look forward to a time when we will be transformed into the likeness of our Lord and Savior.
What is true? What is real? Two classic questions of philosophy intrinsically linked together. Over the years I have seen a clear pattern emerging in society: first deny truth and then you can deny reality. For years we have been taught that there is no such thing as absolute truth – truth is relative, what is true for you is not true for me. Now we are seeing the inevitable outcome of this: an acceptance of the absurd and a total denial of reality. What would have once been regarded as insane is now seen as the new normal and those who say, “Wait, that’s not right!” are regarded, at best, as nutty and intolerant. We are fast approaching a time when no one will be able to tell what’s real and those who try will be criminalized. This, however, is nothing new for believers. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has always defied worldly perceptions of truth and reality. To Jews it was a stumbling block, to Greeks it was foolishness. Even Pilot asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the great I AM – ultimate reality and the source of existence. The world must always deny truth and reality in some way because an acceptance of truth and reality would be an acceptance of Jesus. As believers, we know what is true and what is real and even though we may not fully understand God’s design, we can look forward to a day when all will be revealed. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX