For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints
(1 Cor. 14:33).
There would seem to be a growing consensus that truth is in the eye of the beholder.
What is good for me may not necessarily be good for another, and according to modern
thought, what is right for me may not be right for another. Moral guidelines waver like
waves of the ocean. As they are near to a person, they are clearly defined in appearance,
though they are continuously changing--moving up and down with the tide of human desire.
In the distance, the moral guidelines become blurry and undefined, and many people have no
concern as they believe it not to apply to them. We live in a time wherein Truth has taken
a beating for the promotion of self-interest.
We stand on the slippery slope on a mudslide toward degradation and chaos. What began as a
twisting of truth or bending of God's commands, has quickly moved us downward. It is a
mudslide that has caught many within its current. Many of this world, many of this nation,
and many within God's church. But Truth is Truth regardless of our perception of it, our
bending and twisting of it; and though we have tried, it cannot be changed. We cannot
ignore it simply because we do not wish to accept it, and we cannot reason it away with
self defined doctrines and self proclaimed convictions. Though we need to avoid legalism,
we must also recognize that human tendency is not to move toward righteousness, but toward
sin. And we will deceive ourselves and everyone else, if possible, to get what we
want--even if it means reasoning the convictions of God away as legalism and ingrained
In Psalm 51:6, the psalmist writes, "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:
and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom." It is often the motivation
that should be in question above the act. We know that God concerns Himself with the
heart, for what comes out from it "defileth a man." Our actions may seem good on
the surface, but how much is motivated by selfishness? The truth of this may be very
disheartening. Yet, if we ask God to, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me,
and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting" (Psalms 139:23-24), He will be faithful to also give us the strength and
wisdom to handle what He shows us--those aspects about ourselves that we try so very hard
not to see.
It has been written and quoted many times that our "God is not the author of
confusion." But one might want to wonder what kind of mixed signals the church is
sending to the world around us, and to our young people within the church. We call
ourselves one church, but have many divisions. We live beneath one God, but demonstrate a
belief system that seems to vary His desires for His church from one Christian to the
next. For instance, I know youth leaders that warn teenagers not to watch movies with
content that is ungodly. They believe that what you watch can effect you and does, and
they support their viewpoint with scriptures like Philippians 4:8-9. But at the same time,
there are many others who do not warn about any such danger and watch the very same movies
themselves. Harmless? I would say not. For as we demonstrate different lifestyles we also
lay the foundation for differing standards. Standards that are set as truth is seen--in
the eye of the beholder.
It has been noted that one of the greatest problems facing our young people today, is the
lack of any real standards being set for them. They are the heirs to chaos born through
relativism, and to a society who is crumbling for lack of wisdom in its leaders. It is a
time when God's church should be a light of truth, a beacon of moral right. But our light
will not shine so greatly if we too hold a truth relative to our desires, and justified by
"personal convictions." If we will at all care about the next generation, and
those present with us, we will need to stop letting our wants define our truth, and let
the Truth of God define our wants.