The River of Truth
All truth is God’s truth. It is his character, his identity, and one of his attributes. That is why 1 Timothy 3:15 states that The Church is to be “a pillar and foundation of the truth.” Paul is telling Timothy that he must lead the church to be a place that always stands for truth, leans on truth, holds truth up high for all to see, follows truth, and champions truth. The Church’s structure is not steel, wood, or concrete. Truth gives the Church its structure.
This plays itself out in many ways, but I am reminded of the importance of truth in our lives this time of year as high school graduates are preparing to leave home for college or the work force, and college graduates are entering the rest of their lives. The Church must prepare its students in many ways, at their various stages. Two of the most important of those ways include equipping students with biblical truth and equipping them with the tools to mine the Bible for its vast truth resources.
Because God is truth, the Bible stands as the greatest source of truth in our lives. The Bible is God’s revelation of himself to us. His word, and specifically his moral law, steers the Christian toward godliness.
As I recently watched the movie, “Captain America: Civil War,” I was reminded of one of Captain America’s famous quotes. “When the mob and the press and the whole WORLD tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole WORLD – ‘No, YOU move.’”
Though Captain America is a fictional character (although a superb fictional character), his quote finds itself rooted in biblical, Christ-honoring truth. We are Christians, if indeed, we have answered Jesus’ call to forsake our own way (repent) and follow him (trusting him though faith), no matter what the cost.
Regardless of our age, regardless of our life stage, and regardless of our circumstances Christians must plant themselves as trees next to his river of truth. When the whole world comes against us, when the world tells us that wrong is right, pushing us to uproot ourselves from the banks of the river of truth, we must answer back, “No YOU move.” That is one way we, as The Church, stand as “a pillar and foundation of the truth.”