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Truth and Consequences

This blog isn’t named after the old TV show “Truth or Consequences”. Nor is it about the town Truth or Consequences in New Mexico that was named after the TV show. The title and name are misleading. This blog is named Truth and Consequences, because there are consequences to everything we say or do or don’t do. Good consequences exist as well as bad ones.

Most people don’t realize that good consequences exist, only bad ones. Every action or inaction has consequences in varying degrees. If you do good things and don’t do bad things, the consequences to you are good. And, the inverse is true. If you do bad things or don’t do something you should do, then the consequences are not so good.

So the place to start is to define truth, and then define consequences. Pilate asked the question, “What is truth?” to Jesus, but he didn’t stick around for an answer. His question was rhetorical in that he meant he didn’t know what truth was. Jesus would have told him if he had stayed, but Pilate probably wouldn’t have believed Him, because it wasn’t in the Father’s plan for Pilate to believe in Christ (John 18:36-38).

Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him ( John 14:6). A popular belief today is that Jesus is a way to heaven, which implies that there are other ways. But Christ says He is the only way. And, He is the only way to the truth. Through Him is the knowledge of truth ( John 8: 32). Truth is not only the fact that Jesus is the Messiah that the Jews awaited but that most missed. It is also His teaching during His ministry that He is the way to God because He is God, the second part of the Trinity.

John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:1-3, 14). Jesus said He is the way, truth, and life. And, He said ” If the Son shall make you free, then you shall be free indeed (John 8:36). He is truth because He is God who was on earth for about 33 years to teach us about Him.

He is truth because He made the universe as John tells us (John 1:1-3). Therefore, He designed how everything works together in harmony. He invented physics that at are so complicated that scientists today only have theories about how things work. Therefore, following His instructions to us is the only way we can stay in harmony with the world, and the only way we can stay in harmony with God. Jesus is the embodiment of truth. “He is the rock, His work is perfect: For all His ways are judgement. A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He” (Deuteronomy 32: 4).

So, now we know that Christ Jesus is truth and why He is truth. The next step is to understand consequences. A consequence is an action or reaction necessarily following a cause. A golf club hitting a ball is a cause. The ball flying down the fairway is the consequence. If the golfer did well, the ball flies where it’s aimed t. If the golfer didn’t do so very good, the ball ends up in a sand trap or flies off into the boonsticks. If we follow Christ’s teachings the way we should we are in harmony with His plan for our lives even if it may not seem like it at times. Good consequences follow, because being in harmony with God is to be in harmony with the universe as well.

Consequences are also corporate. That is, what you do effects many other people as well as yourself. But the popular conception a few decades back, that is still hanging on, that if you swat a mosquito in Montana, an elephant in India gets a runny nose is nonsense. Killing a moth in Boise, Idaho, does not give a giraffe in Africa a sore throat. However, what we do, both good and bad, does have an effect on others around us, and they in turn react, which effects others. You have a responsibility to yourself, to others, and to God to follow His plan for your life not only for you to stay in harmony with Him, but also to help keep others in harmony. And, part of how they react to you effects you as well. So, it’s in your best interest to stay in harmony with God.

Jesus gave us the Great Commission at the end of His ministry on earth: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the (singular) name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). We today still live in that age: These are still biblical times because much of what is written in the Bible has not yet come to pass.

Teaching others about Christ may be witnessing. And, your behavior is the best witness you have. It may also be teaching Sunday school, or volunteering at a soup kitchen, or through your God-given vocation as a police officer, doctor, street cleaner, carpenter, butcher, baker or candlestick maker. It’s doing what God has planned for you to do, not what you’d like to do.

Joy in this world comes only through being in harmony with God even though that’s difficult at times. But regardless of the problems, we have joy in Christ: ” These things I have spoken to you that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). And, in living in Him we also overcome the world: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His way he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1).

You shall be like trees planted by rivers of water: Photo by author.

Contrary to the prosperity preachers, following God does not necessarily mean you will get rich in this world, though it certainly did for Solomon and David. But Jesus was homeless. And His disciples most often had no money (Acts 3:6). But they prospered in spreading the Great Commission. God made sure they had everything they needed, and He will do the same for you like He does for the flowers of the field. And, you are greater than mere flowers because you as a human being are one of God’s greatest creations.

Truth, then, is found in being in harmony with God because He is truth. And good consequences follow being in harmony with Him. And, His being truth is reality, not what mankind in this world considers reality. So, getting real is getting God. It’s as simple as that. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Today is the time to start living a harmonious, fruitful life if you are not already a Christian. If you are, now is the time to make sure you are in harmony with His will for you because it’s easy to get sidetracked. This is especially true during the pandemic. Look past the physical problems to Christ and you’ll be fine. God guarantees it.

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