In today’s world of social media, the internet and cable TV, it is easy to see how different people think about things. Opinions and ideology run high not only in intellectual circles, but also in religious, political and cultural circles. It is pretty clear that we don’t all think the same way. So what is the right way of thinking? Which is the right denomination, government, or morality standard? What is truth? I’m thankful I live in the United States of America not because of ‘American exceptionalism'(whatever that is). I’m thankful for the the principles upon which it was founded. I’m thankful for the Constitution and the guaranteed rights of an individual; that we can indeed have our opinions and yet we must respect another’s right to disagree. Democracy is an ideology.
I am thankful for a God who has given us free-will choice to believe or not believe in Him. It is amazing that that is the way He chose the universe to operate. All men are equal in His sight as He gave His only begotten son for all (John 3:16). God’s love is available to all without exception. The choice is ours whether to believe it. I looked up the first use of truth in the Old Testament:
Genesis 24:27 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.
Abraham sent a servant out to look for a wife for Isaac and God led him to one of Abraham’s brethren. It was no coincidence and couldn’t have had better timing. In the New Testament, the first use of truth is in Matthew 14:32-33 in the record of after Jesus bid Peter to walk on water:
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Jesus Christ is the son of God! These two situations don’t represent an ideology. They reveal the truth about God. The Creator of the universe is the source of truth. Love and truth go hand in hand. There is always the opportunity with which an ideology can bring people into bondage when it is not based on truth. We have seen this throughout history. Loving the truth doesn’t mean that one cannot develop an ideology, but it is truth that actually sets us free.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.