The law of God is always relevant but the ninth commandment seems particularly relevant right now. We live in a time when truth seems to be out of fashion. I can’t remember a time when there has seemed to be so little regard for truth in both public and private life. This seems to be true in politics, entertainment, in daily life, and even in the church. Prevarication seems to have become prevalent and nowhere else does it seem more evident than on the web. This is because so much of the web is unmediated, unfiltered. People are able to say virtually whatever they will, often anonymously, with no consequences. Once, where only a few elites had access to mass media, today virtually anyone, under the right circumstances, can create mass media (e.g., by creating a video or blog post that goes “viral”). Of course, since the fall, the human heart hasn’t changed.What we’re seeing about us is only a manifestation of what has always been within us.
The Christian faith, however, is a claim about what is true. It begins with claims about the truth and goodness of creation (and the Creator!) and then about the truth about the fall into sin, and finally we make truth claims about the history of and truths about redemption and the coming consummation. Our Lord Jesus himself claimed to be the truth and to speak truth and he has redeemed us from lies (and The Liar) in order that we might be a people of truth.
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