Truth really does set you free


It was a standard cop-show plot. The bad guys merely had to stick to their story for the alibi to stick. The cops hammered at the bad guys, but the bad guys had a preternatural loyalty to one another and could not be broken. Until an appeal to mistrust finally broke the bond of loyalty and turned it to hate.

This won’t happen to us.

Three things set the Christian apart from the bad guys mentioned above:

1. God would never sell us down the river. His nature is eternal and unchanging, fixed, immutable. We have no fear of abandonment when we are fixed on Him.

God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (Numbers 23:19)

2. We have nothing to hide. We aren’t like those who do shameful things and try to hid them. Instead all that we have we do openly and in right conscience, knowing that what we do is commendable and of the highest integrity. Even if something were to be right but illegal – as with Daniel, who prayed to God at the time when one could only pray to the king – what we do we will do as openly as Daniel, who made no attempt to hide his prayers.

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. (John 3:20-21)

3. Lies are difficult. Truth is easy. Imagine the smallest lie possible. Now imagine remembering to keep to that lie in all your casual conversation for years to come. Now imagine trying to maintain the lie under more intensive questioning. The lie is extra work to maintain, and it leads to inconsistencies under scrutiny. But think now about a small truth. Is it hard to remember the truth? Will the truth be inconsistent under questioning? Thanks be to God, the truth is easy!

Those who hunger and thirst for the true Lord will never fear that they will be abandoned by Him. In emulating Him, they find that there is nothing that needs to be hidden in their lives but instead that the integrity of their actions may shine through. And their interactions with others are untainted by the need to maintain any lies. The truth does indeed set us free.