Challenge 54: Tell the Truth

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I love receiving my Living Social daily deals, always looking for some different type of outing for me and the hubby or the entire family. Last week I got a surprise: an offer for “Best Psychics in Town” who promised to give you a half-hour phone reading or a three-hour reading party “to provide you with in-depth information regarding your life, love interests, business, and more….” At the time nine people had paid for a reading, with 13 more days for others to jump at the offer. I wondered about these nine people, putting their trust in clairvoyants to get a handle on their lives. Were their lives so lonely, so full of anxiety and fear, that they saw the psychic offer as their lifeline, their way to travel the path meant for them? I wondered about their friends: what type of counsel did they give them, did they approve of seeing psychics, would they be attending the party or did they just believe they didn’t have a right to say anything against the psychic counsel because that “is not my place”?

Maybe they have friends like my friends and I were some time ago who simply believed “what’s right for you is right for you because what’s true for you is true for you.” We didn’t want to rock anyone’s lifeboat, trusting they would safely make it to the right shore. But we have all come to understand that relativism is an elixir causing you to be high-minded and unreasonable and takes you adrift. In fact, I was adrift. While I have only had one psychic reading (in connection to a story I was reporting on a psychic fair), I heavily engaged in the psychic art of astrology by following my horoscope daily and determining the strengths and weaknesses of my relationships based on astrological signs. And while there were hints of truths to these practices, the disappointment I felt from the times when the chance didn’t go my way was overwhelming. I would often go from disappointment to depression and hopelessness. I found myself crying out to whoever controlled these systems to please make the signs point in my favor. Often they didn’t, but I kept going back based on the times they did, looking for the stars to line up for me. This was my life as a teenager until my late 20s.

At 26, after a year away from the church in search of truth I had trouble uncovering while in church, I committed my life to Jesus by accepting Him as my Lord and Savior based on my comparative religious studies. Though I didn’t have all the answers I wanted, my studies kept pointing me back to the reliability of Christianity, particularly its God with whom I could have a personal relationship and who was ever faithful (Galatians 4:1-9; Numbers 23:19). I decided I no longer wanted to take a gamble with my life but to place my trust in someone that had a proven track record recorded among multiple sources over several periods of time.* Many have come to know that Jesus is the creator of all, which includes humans and the astrological elements of the moon and stars. Because I can talk to God and He will answer me, I decided to turn to Him, the creator, instead of His creations (Psalm 107; James 4:8). There is no way creations ever know more than their creator so you will always get what you need from the Source of all wisdom who decided to share some with His creations.

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17).

“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” (Romans 9:20).

“For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

When we look to creation instead of Creator we will be on a continual hunt for answers and, if not answers, for peace. With God, even when we don’t have answers we can have peace (Philippians 4:6-8). This is what we must tell others. They have to know, first, that there is a Creator of all; second, who He is; and third, what He has done and can do; and, fourth, that they can have a relationship with Him (Romans 10:9-10). They don’t have to turn to His creations but to Him for answers. The Apostle Paul gives us a great script to follow:

“For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this” (Acts 17:23-32).

We have the truth and we must tell it. We know that people seek psychics, astrology and other methods instead of God because many times they just have not been introduced to the great God of the universe and have not witnessed anyone whose life has been radically changed by God’s love. They need to know that God the Father sent Jesus to be the salvation for all humankind. They need to know that Jesus was born to die on the cross for our sins, that He was raised from the dead and sits in heaven making intercession for all who repent of their sins and believe and confess their belief in His sacrifice. This not only shields us from eternal damnation but provides us with direction while we are alive. We can hear from God through prayer and He will give us the direction that we seek and need. His direction is always accurate so we can fully trust in Him.

Take a Risk Challenge: This week be a witness and tell others who Jesus is and what He has done for you. Like with the Apostle Paul, some will talk about us and others will want to hear more. We will never know the impact we can have on others until we tell the truth. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a relativistic culture truly is a radical act of love.

*There are extra-biblical sources, such as the work by the historian Eusebius, which point to the truth of Jesus and the Bible. A good book is More than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell.

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