Truth requires sense of right and wrong, integrity, clear thinking
By Clay Perkins
Monday, August 13, 2018
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” — John 8:32 (The Bible, New International Version)
When is telling the truth not telling the truth? When is truth false? Can truth be fake? Can truth be dishonest?
A man pushed an elderly woman to prevent her from being hit by an oncoming bus. In the same community, on the same day, a man pushed an elderly woman causing her to be hit by an oncoming bus. The news report read, “Rash of elderly women being pushed by men causes concern.” This was absolutely true while being absolutely wrong. This illustration serves as a reminder about truth: truth has boundaries.
Truth is best told when one has a profound sense of right and wrong. There is a difference between right and wrong (Isaiah 5:20). Right is right. Wrong is wrong. Right is good. Wrong is evil. No matter how much you wish for a wrong to be right, it cannot be. No matter how much you think a wrong is right, it is not. One must be very careful to know the difference between right and wrong. If we confuse the difference between right and wrong, truth becomes blurred. We cause significant harm to society when we call good evil and evil good. Do you know the difference between right and wrong? Good and evil? If not, telling the truth will be a challenge for you. Right and wrong are not equal. Good and evil are in constant conflict. Make sure you know the difference.
Truth is best told when one has a profound sense of integrity. One must have a desire to be honest to be able to tell the truth, or as they say, “to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” As you listen for the truth, you should also listen for integrity. The desire to be honest when presenting the facts is essential for truth. Too often people lack integrity in their presentation of facts, manipulating truth according to their particular bias. We do more harm than good for our cause by not having integrity in the presentation of facts, even if they are true. Integrity matters in truth.
Truth is best told when one has a clear thought process. Critical thinking is paramount to truth. The ability to reason in a logical order seems to be becoming a lost art. Logic is truth’s best companion. Think. Learn to reason. You will be glad, for in reason you find truth.
We serve a God that calls us to come and reason together (Job 34:4; Isaiah 1:18). In Him we find truth (John 14:6). Let’s keep truth truthful with logic, integrity, a clear understanding of right and wrong, and the ability to think critically. We will all be better for it. We will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.
D. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of MACU.