I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the sermon I heard on Sunday (November 7th). It was entitled “Obstructions of Truth” and we looked at five key players in John 18 and the “syndromes” they represented in obstructing truth. When it came to the “Pilate Syndrome” — in which Truth (with a capital T) has little relevancy due to a secular worldview that includes power, prestige, materialism, and control — I thought of what danger the western church is in today.
It is so easy for us to begin thinking like the world thinks. It seems so rational, after all. We are like frogs in a pot of water, coming to a slow boil, never knowing we are cooking to death.
Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” But he didn’t really care what the truth was. It had no relevance to him. He determined his own truth, based upon what felt right or good to him.
Here’s an example: You lose your check book or your credit card and your identity is stolen. Nightmare, right? What if there was a way to prevent that from ever happening again? What if there was a way to identify everyone so that when you travel, the airport will know you are really you? Safety from terrorists, right? What if you had a national ID card with all the pertinent info on it? (Those in the military have them now.) But these national ID cards could have your credit info and your driver’s license and your medical allergies, etc. Right? Oh, but a card could get lost. Hmm. How to solve that?
My dog, Poppet, has a tiny microchip implanted underneath her skin so that if she is lost I can hopefully get her back. After all, she is a valuable pure breed, and I wouldn’t want to lose her. Microchips under the skin. Hmm. An implant couldn’t be lost like an ID card, could it? Gee, how logical. Wouldn’t that make our lives easier and safer? Shudder. Long before 9/11, this has been under discussion. Here’s just one article on the topic of human microchip implantation; it’s dated 1999.
Are we cooking to death as the water in the pot comes to a slow boil?
What is truth?