We have a truth problem.
Three in five Americans today believe there is no absolute truth.
Seem shocking? Brace yourself.
Four in five millennials believe there is no absolute truth. And worse? One in two Christians believes there is no absolute moral truth.
This week, Christian historian David Barton shares a powerful series of teachings on our Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcasts about how the truth is under attack in America and how we can respond as Christians. He asks the critical question: “When you don’t agree on what is right and wrong, how can you establish and enforce policies?”
America is facing unprecedented times. Without absolute truth comes deception. If you reject the truth, a delusion comes; and when it comes, you will end up believing a lie; and when you believe a lie, you will act on the lie. High consequences come from that.
America has lost its love for the truth. Because of this, David Barton shares the five places the truth is under attack and how we can guard against falling into the trap.
“He created them male and female.” –Genesis 5:2 (NIV)
Satan’s attacks on humanity are never moderate. He goes for the throat—the very nature and image of God. To do this, he must start where it all began—the creation of mankind.
Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in His image. Male and female were created as an expression of Him. Two genders. End of story.
Today, the twisting of the truth has become so skewed that we stopped counting genders when they reached 90. Now, it can be whatever you want it to be. People see it as relative and have made gender almost obsolete. They’ve turned their backs on God’s design—on TRUTH.
It’s a bit of a one-two punch, too, because eliminating gender is also an outright attack on the precious and sacred institution of marriage. In turn, this destroys the family unit and the strong foundation on which children can and should be reared.
Because we were created in the image of God, causing people to doubt their gender or the existence of only two genders is Satan’s way of getting people to question the image of God. It is one area where we, as a society, are facing truth under attack.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” –John 14:6 (NIV)
Another attack on the truth is under the umbrella of religion. The Bible is clear—there is one road that leads to heaven (Matthew 7:14). It is a narrow road, and only a few find it, but to be sure—it is ONE road.
Here’s the problem.
In an effort to be “inclusive,” even Christians have started to cave and swing toward a universalist view on religion. A startling 80% of Christians believe any religion will get a person into heaven. Worse yet, 56% of Christians believe you can get to heaven even if you don’t believe anything at all.
How did they get to that place? If a Christian knows someone who isn’t a Christian but is very nice and lives well, they decide that God couldn’t possibly send them to hell, so there must be many ways to heaven. But we know that there is only ONE WAY, ONE TRUTH and ONE LIFE. And that’s Jesus Christ.
This idea of no absolute right or wrong is becoming increasingly dangerous. It is robbing people of the TRUTH—which happens to be not only a matter of happiness and success here on earth, but eternal life or death on the other side.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” –Proverbs 18:15 (ESV)
If you don’t like history, change it. That seems to be the new mantra of left-leaning society. And it’s dangerous.
Even more concerning, David Barton says, is how much has been omitted from textbooks—especially when it comes to Black history. He believes if more truth were included about our nation’s narrative about how Black patriots impacted the Revolution, there would be a much different take on race relations today. (For a more in-depth look at this vital topic, watch David Barton share some exciting stories HERE.)
We could fill a book with some of the amazing stories from our nation’s history, but you can find a short sampling of the truth that is conveniently missing from American textbooks HERE.
Not knowing history has a significant impact on public policy. If you don’t know it, you can be talked into all sorts of things that are opposite of what our nation stands for.
There are so many examples of Blacks and Whites working together to make this nation what it is today. Yet, this isn’t the narrative you’ll hear in our public schools. There is no question that racism has existed and caused untold hardships, but it has not been as systemic as our education system’s current portrayal. Failing to tell these and other stories is a clear example of truth under attack in America.
“My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!” –Proverbs 1:10
Barton also shared some essential truths about the economy. No socialist nation in the world’s history has ever survived, prospered and maintained individual freedom. Yet 75% of college students in America want to go to a socialistic system; 69% of millennials and 41% of all Americans want the same. This is swapping the truth for a lie!
There are many examples of once-thriving nations becoming impoverished and miserable in a short time after moving to a socialist economy. For instance, Venezuela went from the wealthiest country in South America to the poorest in less than 20 years on a socialist system.
Let’s take a look at the difference between capitalism and socialism.
- The definition of capitalism: “an economic system in which capital resources that are the means of manufacturing and distribution of goods and services are owned and operated privately, rather than by the government.”
- The definition of socialism: “an economic system in which capital resources are either owned or predominately dominated by the government.”
The economic system of capitalism is biblical—increase and prosperity resulting from personal initiative and work (Luke 19:12-26; Matthew 25:14-28).
Socialism will never work. Every time you touch a hot stove, it burns you. But we’re being robbed of truth by a narrative of delusions in the area of proposed economic “solutions.”
5. Your Own Time
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” –Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)
The first four areas where truth is under attack are due to societal and governmental influences. But this final area—your own time—is your own doing, if you allow it to be.
The way you guard yourself against being fooled by untruths and delusions is by investing time into feeding THE truth to your spirit and mind. Statistics show that only 9% of Christians read the Bible daily. If only 9% go to the source of TRUTH, the rest will be easily swayed.
With only 6% of Americans holding a biblical worldview, we need to stand firm and be a light in a dark world. The truth will not prevail if we do not defend it. Yes, you will be attacked for what you believe. Jesus told us we would be persecuted for His Name’s sake (Matthew 10:22). The Bible says that the fearful and cowardly will have no place in heaven (Revelation 21:8).
Don’t rob yourself of the truth by spending more time with the world than with the Word. Keep pressing on in the Word, and you’ll be rooted and grounded in love and truth.
When you consider these five areas where truth is under attack, remember that you have a voice and a calling to stand for truth and to be light in a dark world. As Christians, we must be bold and confront falsehoods. We speak the truth in love, but we do speak. It’s time to double down on our stand for truth, and pray for redemption for America and those who are so lost in the mire of deception.