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Mid-Week Meditation

January 17, 2018

(they) did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished (Jeremiah 7:28)

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth (John 17:17)

Preach the word….for the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching....and will turn away from listening to the truth. (2 Timothy 4: 2-4)

 they refuse to love the truth and so be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:10)

As I mentioned in my Sunday sermon I am continuing to touch the subject of truth today but trying to see it in connection with current developments. Thanks for the overwhelming response and feedback for last Sunday’s sermon. I was quite anxious about preaching on such heavy note, even to display a sermon topic like what I had on the ppt screen. However, I was helpless as the text demanded exactly that, and I am glad that you all have taken it with a good sense.

Two weeks ago, I was reading an article published by a popular research and advisory firm providing information technology related insight for IT industries across the world. In that article, there were eight predictions for 2018 and beyond. Although the entire article was quite interesting, predictions number 4, 5 & 7 really caught my attention and I quote;

“By 2022, the majority of individuals in mature economies will consume more false information than true information”.

“By 2020, AI-driven creation of “counterfeit reality,” or fake content, will outpace AI’s ability to detect it, fomenting digital distrust”.

“By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be “versatilists” holding multiple roles…..

The first two are telling me that lies and counterfeits will dominate more than truth, and the third one is telling me that there will be less or may be no room for those who stay focused on one thing or specialize in one thing. Is this where technology is ultimately leading us to? If this is true, then maybe we are heading for more chaos than order with the advancement of technology. Looks like one thing is for sure, technology is not going to create a climate conducive for truth, in fact, it is going to work the other way around. If truth sets people free and if technology is not going to create a climate conducive for truth but more for counterfeits, then technology probably is going to bind us rather than setting us free. Ever since the fall of mankind the greatest attempt on earth is the attempt to eradicate or suppress the truth because truth sets people free. All through the history of mankind this one attempt has consistently remained. When Jesus Christ, the ultimate embodiment of truth said; “I am the way, truth and life” they crucified him for that. The mastery of the fallen world is consistently seen in its effort to destroy the truth by glorifying lies and every dispensation had its own way of contributing to this effort of the world. Long ago, the weeping prophet Jeremiah wept over this fact because he knew that Judah’s hopeless state has to do with her lack of interest in paying attention to the truth and her unusual love to go after lies. He cried saying “truth has perished” (Jeremiah 7:28). Jesus in his high priestly prayer asked the Father to sanctify his followers by the truth. If truth alone could sanctify us, then anything less than truth could only desecrate us. Paul in his final letter to Timothy charged him to preach the word (the truth) because he saw that people generally tend to turn away from truth. In 2 Thess. 2:10 Paul identified that Satan’s work will reach its climax because people refuse to love truth and so doing they refuse to be saved. Let me summarize with the point I want to make here; If truth is the most precious thing on earth and it is, then the most disastrous thing on earth is the perishing of truth or the elimination of truth. This makes the most precious and blessed thing on earth to be the proclamation of truth or any effort that has to do with the advancement of truth. That leads me to raise couple of important questions to those who are involved full time in the field of advancing technology without condemning you or being judgemental of your work: If all your efforts, energy, over times, sleepless nights, travel, business trips, meetings, conferences etc. are having to do with something that may never promote the advancement of truth and sanctification, then how much of effort and sacrifice are you making to consciously sanctify yourself with the truth or in matters related to loving the truth or advancing the truth? Is there a greater cause for which you need to spend more of your efforts and energy or may be even the rest of your life? Much needed questions to contemplate and answer as the Lord leads each one. May God help you in that process.

-Pastor

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