Truth-Telling

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I am currently reading a book by Dr. Anthony Esolen titled Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture. In reading the first chapter, “Giving Things Their Proper Names: The Restoration of Truth-Telling,” I was brought to a point of self-reflection. To use an analogy, this was almost a second-use-of-the-Law moment. As Lutherans, we would say the Law has three uses, the curb, the mirror, and the guide. The second use is when we have the mirror of the Law turned on us and we see our own sin. Esolen used the mirror of society and cultural norms to show me what I have allowed myself to “swallow.”

Esolen argues in his opening chapter that we should be contending for truth. As Christians, we are in the truth-telling business. Holy Scripture speaks of truth in so many different places. Maybe most notably, when Christ tells us that He is THE way and THE truth and THE life (John 14:6).

There is only one truth. It is what was spoken of when we are called to put on the whole armor of God.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. – Ephesians 6:10-20

I have written in this blog and said in my personal life that empowering our children with the truths of Scripture is more important in our culture today than it has ever been. I must confess the falsehood of that statement. It is not more important today than it has ever been.

There is no level of importance when there is one truth. The truth is of the same importance today, five years ago, two thousand years ago, and at creation.

A changing culture does not make for a higher value on what Scripture has taught us. It has had and will always have the same value. That value is salvation. It is life eternal.

It is the truth that we are a fallen and broken people who can’t do a thing to save ourselves. This is a big problem. But we do have a Solution, a Solution that was known from before all time. The solution is our Savior, Christ crucified for our sins. He came and He conquered sin, death, and the devil for you and for me.

This truth, this joy that we find in Christ, is the truth for which we must contend. It is the truth that we teach our children. It is the one truth that has the power to set us free. Rejoice in that gift and in the salvation paid and won for you and me on the cross.

God’s blessings as you teach your children the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3 ESV).

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.

 

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Joe Willmann is the Senior Instructional Designer for Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, MO. A former teacher and administrator, Joe has a passion for education and learning theory. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University and his Master's Degree from Concordia University - Ann Arbor. He lives with his wife, Nicole, his daughter Ava, and his son Carter. You can read his latest posts here.

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