“So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.” – Isaiah 59:14-15
Today I spoke with a lifelong friend for a few minutes about the many disruptions in our lives. One common theme in our conversation centered on the confusion people experienced in our world today. We are constantly bombarded by information, but what is true?
In the verses above, Isaiah described his own people in his day where truth has “stumbled” in the public square. We have rejected God’s standards for truth and upright living and exchanged the “truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1:25).
Isaiah goes on to say, “Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Isaiah 59:16). There are those who pursue Truth, but when that happens they are targeted.
I read this week of a young man who literally stood by his convictions and paid the price for his “rebellion” in the pages of the media. Not long ago, most of us would recall the actions of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but I wonder how many will stand when there is a price to pay, even when that price is nothing more than being publicly shamed?
I remember a philosophy professor in college who challenged me to not only know what I believe to be true, but to also be able to defend my belief. It is still a worthwhile exercise today.