The Fourth “Great End of the Church”
The preservation of the truth
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
“Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”
“Have you heard the latest? I swear it’s the truth.”
In an age when everything that comes from cyberspace claims to be the truth,
we know that sometimes one person’s truth is another person’s fiction…
that Snopes.com is the real determiner between truth and urban myth.
Sometimes the truth is in the eye of the teller
and dangerous to the gullible hearer.
In the midst of our church’s ministry of proclamation, sheltering and worshipping,
one of the church’s critical tasks is to gather together
in study, prayer, worship and conversation to discern the Truth.
That means discovering together the Word of God behind the words on the page…
the Word of God that corrects our memories and guides our visions…
the Word of God that challenges the words of our culture.
It means discovering together the Truth of God that brings us together and
breaks the cycle of name-calling and divisiveness that some “truths” create.
It means humbly confessing that the only one who knows “the whole Truth” is God,
and the only way we get even a glimpse of it is to seek it together
as the Body of faithful people.
Therefore, together in God’s Spirit, we gather the resources of our faith history
as well as the contemporary words of sacred and secular print and media
to listen amidst all the noise and propaganda of “truth tellers”
for the still small voice of God, speaking the Truth in love.
How can this church better offer occasions to gather
in hope and confidence in God’s Truth
to offset the fear and threat
that the purveyors of “truth” in our day create?
How can our studies and conversations and observations as Trinity Presbyterian
better reflect the love that is basis of Truth?