True for You, Not for Me
Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). Before Jesus was crucified, Pilate asked the question of our culture, "What is truth?" (John 18:38).
We live in a culture that desperately needs to rediscover truth! We need to know what is true, why it’s true, and what difference truth makes to our lives. You may have heard the phrase, ‘True for you, not for me.’ Your truth may not be somebody else’s truth. But, how do you determine whether or not something is true?
Josh McDowell tells about a conversation with Amber, a sixteen-year-old girl – a Christian from a solid family and youth group. “Is it wrong to engage in premarital sex?” “Well, I believe it’s wrong for me.” “But do you believe that the Bible teaches that premarital sex is wrong for everyone?” Amber’s eyes shifted back and forth as she weighed her answer. “Well, I know it’s wrong for me, and I have chosen not to have sex until I’m married. But I don’t think I can judge other people on what they do.” McDowell’s conclusion? Amber has been conditioned to believe that truth is not true for others unless they choose to believe it. That’s why over 80% of our kids claim that “all truth is relative to the individual and his/her circumstances.”
Folks, whether you struggle with this issue or not, with over 80% of the next generation claiming that all truth is relative, we need to figure out what we can do to change our current direction. I don’t pretend that a blog posting will cause an entire culture to change course, but maybe it will be a starting point for some people--maybe even for you!
Two important questions:
- Why is this such a big deal? The big deal is that beliefs shape values and values drive actions. In other words, your beliefs will eventually become your behavior.
- Why do people reject biblical truth? Here’s the number one reason. People reject the Bible and its truths because Christians’ actions don’t match their words. Put another way, who you are speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say.
When we turn to the Bible, we read about one part of this problem in a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Colossae known as the Book of Colossians. There is something that Bible scholars often refer to as “The Colossian Heresy,” which was a belief system that combined the Bible with pagan philosophy. And that’s where we are today. People mix and match based on what they perceive to be true. The result? Truth is relative. The system that Paul was countering combined Judaism and paganism, but it wore the mask of Christianity. It didn’t deny Christ, but it dethroned Him; it gave Christ a place, but not the supreme place. It’s the same thing today. Roughly 94% of all Americans claim to believe in God, but it doesn’t make any real difference in how we live our lives.
The point of the book of Colossians is to teach people that Christ is supreme, and we can trust in the sole sufficiency of His saving work. This is truth. We are complete in Christ. Right now, you may need to be encouraged by that truth in your own life--you are complete in Christ!!