We live in a world with many problems, but this has always been the case. What makes the situation we’re in today so much more difficult than anything we’ve experienced in the past is not the problems we have, but rather the self-inflicted wound that’s been administered to our ability to manage those problems. This self-inflicted wound is encapsulated in the term “post-truth” that describes the underlying principle of the world we have made for ourselves.
In a “post-truth” world, everyone will insist on a narrative which is advantageous to themselves, no matter how much lies and deceit it includes. At the same time, everyone will reject anything that threatens that narrative, no matter how true it is.
The worst part about this “post-truth” world we live in is that it is becoming nearly impossible to even know what is true and what isn’t. There is no objective standard by which to measure the veracity of many of the claims that we hear being made. Everyone has an agenda that they’re pushing, and even if we agree with the goals a certain agenda purports to be moving us toward, we can’t be sure if the goals we’re told are being pursued are even the true goals those who are pushing the agenda really are pursuing.
Maybe we’re just being played, or used, or otherwise deceived. Maybe the people who think they’re playing us are, in fact, being played by someone else.
On top of all that, it is very apparent that there are actors who are deliberately sowing confusion, creating “fake news” and false narratives for all kinds of reasons, including some people who just seem to take perverse pleasure in making life more difficult for everyone.
How deep does the rabbit hole go?
It can be very difficult, if not impossible, to even make an educated guess.
What can or should the Church of Jesus Christ do in such a world?
The answer is that we are called to be a light in the darkness. People will be attracted to the light when they are surrounded by darkness.
Telling the truth and being willing to live with the consequences (which can be painful and/or embarrassing but are usually short-term) will make the Church VERY attractive to people who are surrounded by so much deceit, corruption and hypocrisy. On the other hand, a failure/refusal to admit the truth might spare us the short-term consequences we’d rather not face, but in the long term, it will make us no different than the World and it will render us utterly powerless to do the work that our Father in Heaven has called us to do.
In a nutshell, what I’m asking is for the Church of Jesus Christ to have the courage to be truthful, to admit mistakes, to confess to shortcomings, to remember James 5:16; “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
That is how we can be a light in the darkness, and that light will attract people to the Truth of God’s Word, which is, ultimately, the source of all truth.
Brothers and sisters, time is short.
As the old song goes “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the Lord”.
When you and I are standing in front of Him, we won’t have any of our material possessions in our hands. In fact, we won’t even have hands, because we won’t have our physical bodies, or any other physical possessions. We won’t have our national identities, our denominations, our accomplishments, our theology or many other things that we value in this physical, temporal world. The only thing we’ll have is the fruits and the harvest that we used the talents He gave us to produce.
The season we’re entering into will be painful and scary, but it will also be short, no matter what point in the Tribulation anyone might believe the Rapture is going to happen. It will also be a season when the darkness will grow so much, that even the smallest light will shine out and be a beacon which will be seen by many. That means it’ll be a season of tremendous suffering for Believers, but also a season of tremendous opportunities.
Telling the truth, and being willing to face the consequences, is what will make us be that light in the darkness. I pray that you will have the courage to live in the truth, and please pray for me to have the courage to do the same.