(Each week, I write an article for the Cartersville, Daily Tribune and the Tangipahoa News Ledger. This, is this week’s article)
Those two words refer literally… to truth that is true in all situations. The opposite of absolute truth is situation ethics. Situation ethics teaches that the situation determines what happens.
There was a time when absolute truth was more accepted than it is today. There was a time when the Bible was accepted as absolute truth by more people. But today, absolute truth is not accepted by a majority of Americans. And, this has led to many of the beliefs that are held today.
Now, someone may ask, “Why is absolute truth so important?” It is because, if there is no absolute truth, then everyone just believes what they want to believe. There are no rules. Just believe what you want to believe. Have fun, enjoy life and let the good times roll. Believe what you want to believe. What is true for you may not be what is true for me. After all, everybody should look out for number one. Or, that’s what we hear today.
As a Christian the Bible is absolute truth for me. The Bible says, “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever” (Isa 40:8).
The Bible teaches that life is sacred. Thus, abortion is wrong.
The Bible teaches that marriage is sacred; thus, divorce is wrong.
The Bible teaches there should be no sex before or outside of marriage; thus, premarital and extramarital sex are wrong.
The Bible teaches the cohabitation is wrong. Thus, it’s wrong when a man and woman live together who are not married.
If one lives by situation ethics, in each of the above examples, the decision would be left up to the individual. People would be encouraged to do whatever makes them happy.
Absolute truth teaches that the Bible and the teachings of the Bible are right, thus absolute in all situations. We should choose absolute truth as opposed to situation ethics.
Is there someone you know…maybe even someone you are close to, who does something that annoys you? Every human being has flaws. None of us are perfect and when you begin to point out flaws, you are judging others. Instead of judging, we need to be patient with one another.
The apostle Paul said, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Eph 4:2). Notice that Paul said, “Making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love..” In other words, we aceept people, warts and all, because we love them.
In the movie “Wyatt Earp”, legendary lawman Wyatt Earp did not have many friends. He meets Doc Holliday, a gambler and gunfighter. Holliday doesnt have many friends. These two guys, whi didnt have many friends, became friends. They both had flaws but they accepted one another in spite of their flaws.
In one scene, someone asks Holliday why he’s putting his life at risk for Earp?
Holliday says, “Wyatt’s my friend.”
The other man responds, “Ive got lots of friends.”
Holliday responds, “I don’t.”
Today, be more loving and accepting of others. Look over flaws and be a friend to someone.
Adversity and trials are part of life. Someone has said that “God didn’t route David around the valley of the shadow of death but instead, he walked with him through it.”
But, when we face adversity God promises to be with us. In Isaiah 43:2 God said to Israel, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow overthrow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”
Notice that God didn’t say that we would not go through fire or deep waters. We will. But, God promises to walk us through it. Today, maybe you are going through some fire. Maybe you are going through some deep water. God will walk with you.
Ok, you may ask, “How does He do that?” One way is through filling our minds with God’s word. And, when adversity comes, Scripture comes to our mind. Another way is from the presence of a Christian friend.
God has promised to walk with us THROUGH the tough stuff. He will not forsake us.
We all have them and carry them. And burdens are heavy. That’s why we need help to carry our burdens.
Paul said, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
As Christians, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. As brothers and sisters, we help each other. We share one another’s burdens.
Some are carrying the burden of a bad marriage. Some, the burden of financial problems or drug abuse. For some, it’s the burden of a mistake in the past.
You will likely meet someone today who is carrying s burden. Take time and help them with it
But notice what else Paul says;
“If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” I LOVE that verse. At times, we can get to big for our britches. Most of us heve had someone help us with our burdens. We should help others.
There is an old gospel song that goes;
“Is your burden heavy as you bear it all alone?
Does the road you travel Harbor dangers yet unknown?
Are you growing weary in the struggle of it all?
Jesus will help you when on His name you call.”
Take your burdens to the Lord AND, help others bear their burden.
Encouragement… we all need it.
In Isaiah 35:3-4, Isaiah says, “With this news strengthen those who have tired hands and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those who have fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear.”
Think about what Isaiah said; “Strengthen those who have tired hands…”
“Encourage those who have weak knees.”
Have you ever had tired hands? Weak knees? Sure you have. We all have. And when we do, a timely encouraging word can give us strength.
The word “ENcourage” means to give someone courage. While “DIScourage” means to bring someone down.
We all need someone to help steady our weak hands and hold us up when our knees are weak. Maybe you know someone who needs encouragement. Who has tired hands. Give them a call… send them a text or email… or better yet, take them to lunch. Strengthen those who are weak.
God wants us to be His agents on this earth. Encourage someone today.
What are you trying to find happiness in? Or, maybe I should say, “where do you try to find happiness?” Lots of people try to find it in sports or travel or shopping or living a sinful lifestyle. But none of those work. You can spend a lot of money and when it’s over, you’re still unhappy.
The prophet Isaiah told Israel,
“For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing,” (Isa. 30:15).
Israel was reminded that her happiness would come from returning to and resting in the Lord.
So, where are you trying to find happiness? Sports? Wild living? Gambling? Sex? Travel?
The only real and lasting happiness comes from the Lord. Rest in Him today.
“All lives matter.”
That phrase has grown out of the strife the nation has experienced the last couple of years. But, that phrase really isn’t new. It goes back to the beginning of time.
When God sent His Son to this earth to die for our sins, He said that “all lives matter.” Jesus died for everyone.
In Galations 3:28, the apostle Paul said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
There are no divisions in God’s eyes. God loves us all. There are no slaves or free, no Jews or Gentiles, no male or female; God loves us all.
I would add, there are no Republicans or Democrats, no Baptists or Catholics, God loves us all. We see lots of divisions today among people but, man has done that. God loves us all…regardless of color..creed…socioeconomic status.
We need to treat others the way God would. We need to love one another and care for one another.
Years ago, when AIDS was at it’s peak, a group of musicians recorded a song to raise money to fight AIDS. It was entitled, “We are the world.”
The lyrics went in part, like this;
“We are the world, we are the children.
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making.
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me.”
We are the world and God loves us all.