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Why Truth Matters

“You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.” (Lev 19:15)

It can be hard to set aside our emotions in search of the truth, but God has always instructed us to follow the facts, not our feelings in our search for justice and righteousness.  A poor man garners our sympathy because of his lowly state, and a great man can barter for our favor because of his power and reputation… it is tempting to allow our views to be swayed by these external trappings.

Who says something does not change whether or not it is true.  If my friend lies, it is still a lie, and if my enemy says what is right, it is still correct despite my dislike of the source.  Truth is impartial and often hidden behind the clamor of our emotions.  A man’s identity does not prove his case.

Society is polarized, always has been and always will be.  That polarization can cause us to ignore an argument if we don’t like who makes it.  It also makes us rationalize bad behavior from our friends when just yesterday we condemned our enemies for the same thing.  Or worst of all, it allows us to ignore our own faults and false beliefs because “the heart is more deceitful than all else” (Jeremiah 17:9)

That is not truth, but partiality.

It also isn’t love because love “rejoices in the truth.” (1 Cor 13:6)

Simple Christianity seeks truth from every corner.  It sets aside partisan-ism and partiality because both of those words start with the word ‘part’.  We don’t want part of anything.  We want to be whole.

“The sum of thy Word is truth.” (Ps 119:160)

“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man.” (Eccl 12:13)