Those words were spoken by none other than Pontius Pilate in response to Jesus while he stood before him on trial. Jesus said, “I have come into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” And, Pilate said to him…
What is truth?
That same question is being asked today in a culture that for the most part says there is “NO ABSOLUTE TRUTH.” George Barna is the founder and head of a Cultural Research Center based out of Arizona Christian University. His research may explain much of the cultural chaos that is now sweeping through America. Read this article he wrote back in 2016: The End of Absolutes – America’s New Moral Code.
The article is an eye-opener. For instance, he found that 57 percent of American adults believe that knowing what is right or wrong is a matter of personal experience. The popular statement, “What’s true for you is true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me,” reflects that ideology and challenges the beliefs that were once the foundation of American culture. Here are just a few absolute truths that have gone by the wayside in recent years and there are many more on their way.
- Life is sacred and begins at conception
- Sex is binary, that is, male and female
- Marriage is between a man and a woman
- Children do best with a mom and a dad
- Sex should be reserved for marriage
The recent Supreme Court rulings on life and religious freedom reflect an effort to preserve the beliefs of our nation’s Founding Fathers and our Constitution. You may ask, “How are moral values and the constitution related?” John Adams clearly answered that question when he said, “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
According to American historian David Barton, the reason Christianity was not made the national religion was because they felt it could hold its own as a preferred way of life against any other. I’ve lived life both as a non-Christian and as a Christian, and I wholeheartedly agree. We are getting a glimpse of what a “Post Christian America” looks and feels like, and it is not good. But, with God there is always hope!
Like me, you are probably being flooded with information about candidates running for office. Though no one is perfect, there really are “absolute truths” and “moral values.” Find out what kind of values a candidate stands for before you vote for them. We need leaders who can withstand the pressure and do what’s right. There! is always hope!
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:1
For Faith and Family in RI,
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island
P.S. We will soon be changing our name to Rhode Island Family Institute and launching a website! God is doing great things in RI.