Friday, February 26, 2010

Living Without the Truth

“Therefore say to them, 'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips.’” Jeremiah 7:28

Everyday we have the opportunity to bend the truth, make excuses for our actions, and take actions that we believe no one will ever know about. We live in a world that ignores the fact that right and wrong is a black and white issue because that wouldn’t be politically correct. Instead they preach shades of gray, white lies, and compromise until they are blue in the face. Don’t offend people. Don’t tell them they are wrong. Don’t rock the boat. There are no absolute truths. What kind of message is this sending?

The Gray Problem
Jimmy and I work as a youth ministry at Villebrook Baptist Church in Hazelwood, Missouri. The issue of daily compromise and no absolute truth confronts us everyday as we work with these teenagers. I call this the “Gray Problem”. In the world where these teens are growing up, truth is relative not cut and dry, black or white. It’s all shades of gray. So how do you teach them that Christians are supposed to be “of this world” (John 17:14-16) and that we are not to “be conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2)?

Teach the Truth
The first thing you can do to combat the lack of moral absolutes is teach the truth. Well you may be thinking “I don’t teach so how does this apply to me?” If you aren’t a teacher, leader, or preacher this still applies to you! You must teach yourself the truth daily through reading the Bible. If you don’t take the time to teach yourself the truths of the Bible then you are going into the battle without a battle plan. Your moral compass is pointing in whatever direction feels right instead of pointing to God’s truth.

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25

Live the Truth
You have probably heard the saying, “You are the only Jesus most people will ever see.” It’s true. Most people who aren’t Christians will never open a Bible or step through the doors of a church. They know all about God, religion and hypocrites. Why do they need to go to church? If you aren’t living the truth in your daily life then you are missing an opportunity to show people who Christ really is. However, you can’t live a life of truth if you don’t know what the truth is (see “Teach the Truth”). You also can’t live a life of truth if you say that you believe one thing but your actions are telling people a different story—that’s hypocrisy!

"The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyles. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." Lyrics from “Jesus Freak” by D.C. Talk

Prayer for Today
God, please help me to learn your truth by reading your Word daily, and help me to live in that truth daily so others can see a true picture of You through my actions as well as my words. Amen.


  1. Hey, it's Megan Knippa! I just want to thank you for the encouraging words you share that God has put on your heart. As you probably know KC is in youth ministry as well, and it is encouraging to know that other ministry families face the same problems with their youth as we experience. That qoute from Brennan Manning that you used at the end of your post is one we use often with our kids. We have been talking alot about speaking the truth with love and grace. Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Thanks for reading. I am glad to hear that what I have to say is beneficial and encouraging. Sometimes it's just great to know that other people have been where you are. Mostly I just write about things that I have been through or how I am feeling so it's good to know that God can even use my randomness. Thanks, Megan! Hope you and KC are doing great!