Most of our grandparents would probably agree that the time and culture we currently live in is the most oppressive to the truth. But, honestly, a quick look into the life of Jesus throughout the Gospels shows us that the truth has always been hated by the world. We also see, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, that truth will always prevail. Which is why it’s so important for us to be truth-seekers in this world full of lies – we want to be on the side of victory.
Where Do The Lies Comes From?
If we are truth-seekers – those in constant pursuit of God’s absolute truth in every area of our lives – then we must understand where the lies are coming from. What makes this such a complicated thing is that many of the lies we face every single day come from trusted sources, influencers we admire, and even people in “Christian” leadership.
So, let’s start at the source. The prince of lies himself – Satan. If we really want to be simple and straight to the point, he is linked to every single lie from the beginning of time until now.
“…Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”1 Peter 5:8
Satan has one job – to deceive and destroy – and he’s very good at it. Best in the business. Yet we continue to underestimate him by assuming certain circles and branches of our culture are exempt from such deception. Our church, Christian universities, bible studies, worship songs, our favorite Christian authors…they can all fall victim to the enemy’s tactics. Which is a perfect example as to why we need to not only seek the truth but be so immersed in it that we immediately recognize lies – even if they come from a place we think we can trust.
The problem is that many of us place our trust in something easily because the title “Christian” comes along with it. (Matthew 7:21-23).
Instead, what we must do is test everything against God’s Word to know whether or not it is true. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Get In The Word
Girl, read your bible.
That is the only way to know that you are finding your reasonings and beliefs from the best source of truth. Maybe you hear a lot of the Bible read and taught at church. Maybe your small group does a Bible study. Maybe you do a devotional every single morning with a Bible verse mentioned at the top of the page. Friend, that isn’t enough. Because all of those things are led by or created by man. They could be twisted, taken out of context, or applied incorrectly and if you didn’t know what the true meaning, context, and application was…how would you ever know any better? Your first and most constant source of “study” should be God’s Word. Are all of those other things bad? Of course not! They can be excellent ways to add to your already established study and they can be wonderful sources of learning. But they should never be the largest portion of your pursuit of The Word.
Find A Teaching-Focused Church
This one is actually easier said than done, in my opinion. Not all churches are equal in their approach to God’s Word and standing for the Truth. Take it from someone who has been through her share of churches and repeatedly disappointed by them.
The best advice I can give you is this: if the teaching of the Word is secondary to anything in a particular church then that church is likely not going to point you to Truth. If the number of members, the activities, the music, or even the community outreach falls above the teaching of the Word on the list of priorities…RUN. Many will argue that the main role of a church is to be a place of worship, but let us not neglect the fact that reading and studying the Word IS worship.
Be Careful Who You Follow
Unfortunately, I think this may be the one that many of us struggle with the most. Because we don’t want to admit our most admired celebrity who claims to be a Christ follower may not actually be following Him. We don’t like to consider the fact that our go-to influencer or speaker may not be biblically sound. And we certainly don’t like acknowledging that it simply isn’t okay to fill our social media feeds with famous faces that live in complete opposition to God’s Word. We like to believe we are above the influence – that our minds could never be changed. I also like to believe that I can eat cupcakes in place of whole foods and still be healthy – but I think we both know that isn’t the case.
I talk more at length about this topic in my post The Problem With Christian Influencers. But, the basic point is this: an Instagram bio reading “Christ follower” does not give someone the authority to be your spiritual mentor. Including myself. Just as you should test everything else against scripture, test my writing too. I can’t tell you how many times in the past four years I have looked back on older content of mine and cringed at how off-base my biblical reasoning was (don’t worry, I try to delete or correct where I can). Most people are not intending to lie to you or lead you astray – we are all learning and growing. But, for that very reason you should always be eager to go back to the Word to confirm what any pastor, speaker, influencer, writer, or content creator says.
Don’t ever hesitate to unfollow someone on social media if you feel they are sharing something that points you away from God’s truth. It’s okay to let those influencers go. Chances are they have thousands of followers and won’t miss you. If you love other content they share despite how they line up biblically, well…my advice there is to default to your conscience. Do you feel it’s a stumbling block for you? Are you okay with supporting them? We will all make different choices in that regard and that’s okay. The point is to at least be aware of the people you follow who are filling your feed and your mind with lies.
Don’t Be Afraid To Have Unpopular Opinions
I was having a conversation recently with a fellow believer who shares many of my convictions. We were discussing the things we think are important to stand for and at one point in the conversation she was completely honest with me and stated that some things are “not worth the confrontation” for her. And my heart ached. Because we should always be ready to stand for God. Eager to walk through even the most uncomfortable situations for Him. I don’t pretend to always be perfect at this myself. But it does sadden me that we as Christians abandon the truth so often simply because we do not want to offend someone else.
The point, my friend, is this: don’t be afraid to have an unpopular opinion because it is far better to stand alone in truth than to stand with a crowd in lies. It’s better to be hated for what is right than to be praised for what is wrong.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”John 15:18
So, how do we practically approach the goal of being a truth-seeker. Well, above all else we must have our bibles open and be in constant of pursuit of knowledge. And with that we must also be in pursuit of wisdom. Because wisdom is what will send up those red flags when we encounter lies – wisdom is what will signal us that what is before our eyes or playing in our ears is not aligned with scripture. Get in your Bible. Memorize scripture. Find sound mentors and test everything they say against The Word. Don’t rely on teachers and bible studies to feed you spiritually – let those things be dessert, if you will. Guard your heart. And understand that we are all growing and learning and wrestling with our faith at times.