“You say that I am a King. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” John 18: 36-37.
We who are Christians claim to be dedicated to Jesus Christ. We say that we belong to Him. But if we are the people of Christ, then we also must be people of truth. For, as Jesus says above, everyone who belongs to the truth listens to His voice. And so, are we striving to be people of truth? For we cannot be people of Christ if we are not people of truth.
Why are Christians so intent on running schools of education? Why do Christians talk about the inward, unassailable dignity of every person? Why are Christians so focused on the honesty and integrity in marriage and the exchange of sexual love? Why do Catholics especially stress the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and the need to confess sins? Why is it important that our ministers be part of the Apostolic Succession, that unbroken line of Christ’s authority, extending through the Apostles to our present-day Bishops? It is because we are a people of truth. Truth matters to the Church.
Yes, we are a people of the truth. We need to know the truth, and live the truth. For where the truth is, Jesus Christ is as well. Likewise, where Christ is absent, there reigns the violence of falsehood and lies. In the kingdom of truth, things such as friendship, spousal love, creation of new life, and hope in suffering exist. People can live in justice and security in the kingdom of truth. In the kingdom of lies, there is all manner of nastiness and offensiveness. In that kingdom, it’s everyone for themselves. There exists a clear contrast between a kingdom built on truth, and a kingdom built on lies.
From day to day, we experience both kingdoms, that of the truth, and that of the lie. We are pulled back and forth between the two by the temptations of the imagination, and the unclarity of our own thoughts. Into this situation of our lives, Jesus Christ steps in with light. His light of truth illuminates our confused darkness. His light gives us the view of the path ahead. He may only light the way ahead for a few steps at a time, but He does bring us vision. Jesus resolves the conflict of our own imperfect vision, keeping us on the path of truth.
We can’t see all the way down the road of life. But without Jesus, without dedication to the truth in our lives, we will not even stay on the path. We will wander off into the forest, and lose the way home. We may not have Jesus’ physical guidance in life’s journey, but we do have the truth to guide us. While we wait for Christ to come again, we can still find Him by actively searching for truth. As Jesus reminds us, if we listen to His voice, we will hear the truth. That voice of truth is always calling us back, regardless of how far we wander off of life’s path.
Our generation finds great value in wandering through life. I think that it’s a waste of time and energy, especially when Christ, the Truth, is available to guide you. There is no virtue in being lost. There is nothing good about being confused. Our God is a God of truth. His voice, His light, can guide us through the shadows, and take us home. We must reject the nonsense of moral confusion, and heed the teachings of the Bible and the Church. These are Christ’s true teachings, which give us hope.