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Your personal integrity is critical to the spread of the Gospel truth. No ambassador of Christ can thrive any longer or better than their credibility permits their authenticity.

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Here’s a quote from Weekly Word (26/11/2018) citing the Washington Post and the Oxford Dictionary:

 

“Don’t Live The Lie!... In today’s world, truth is losing, announced the Washington Post. The Oxford Dictionary chose ‘post-truth' as the word for the year 2016. Since that year, we have watched political leaders rise to power in both North and South America, and across Europe to Russia and Turkey, who brush aside truth as a petty inconvenience” http://weeklyword.eu/en/truth-prevails-3/

 

Against this background, I pose the following questions. Should Christians and the Church live the lie? Was the Church universal not supposed to be the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15)? Had Jesus not prayed the Father to sanctify the Church with truth for His Word is truth (John 17:17)? Shall we ever be free and delivered from the failed political system of the age without knowing the truth, loving the truth and speaking the truth to power?

 

It is worth noting that the trend rightly described by the Weekly Word is the rise of Populism. History shows that this cultural process occurs where there has been a failure of contemporary political leadership to deliver on its promises for equity, justice, service and prosperity for the people.

 

However, the process that cleans up the ‘Augean Stable’ begins when the people of conscience around power speak truth to power, in lieu of which, the Church, as the custodian of truth, must rise and speak truth to power across all nations. Although, that role will be a diluted and impossible task until the Church remains or becomes apolitical.

 

For, as Church history shows, when the Church takes side with a political party, it does, ipso facto, lose its power to speak truth to power. Its members must be encouraged to get involved politically. Nevertheless, the Church must not be involved as an entity with a Church or block vote, nor be politically affiliated and then expect to be respected as the voice of truth.

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