The Most Important Human Right: The Truth 08.11.19 excerpt
Recently, our nation was shaken once again by the tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. About two weeks prior to that, the people of Gilroy, California were out for a fun day at the annual Garlic Festival when gun shots from a mass murderer disrupted their event. All told, more than 34 people have tragically lost their lives and multiple people were injured for a perverted cause, which at its core, stems from hatred.
Fighting for legitimates causes is the “American way”. This nation was founded upon a significant cause that many people still fight for today – freedom. The infamous words penned in the Declaration of Independence state, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” This widely known excerpt confirms for us that our nation’s founders believed God is the source of human rights, a fact that is not fully grasped by the world today.
We fight for all kinds of rights today: civil rights, LGBTQ rights, gender rights, immigration rights, animal rights…and so on and so on. But I want to talk about the most important human right of all time: that is the right to know Truth! According to Rice Broocks, author of The Human Right, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the public truth that everyone in the world has a right to know”. I wholeheartedly agree! Jesus said in His Word that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Therefore, truth is not only defined as reality, it is the person of Jesus Christ. As we look across society today, there is an overwhelming outcry against the evil and injustices that are brought about by man’s inhumanity to man. However, we must understand that these things can only be remedied by putting Truth front and center in our lives.
At difficult times like this, people often ask how a loving God can allow such evil in the world. They believe they can change behavior through laws, movements, by coercion and perhaps even force. However, we must accept that nothing will fundamentally change until the source of evil and injustice is addressed, which is the heart. In Proverbs 4:23 we are warned to guard and to be careful with our heart because it controls what we ultimately do. If the heart is not properly guarded and guided, it will wreak havoc not only in our own lives but in the lives of those around us. If we accept this truth, it is not so hard to see why there is so much evil in the world.
The reality is that God hates evil and desires that evil acts cease. He also understands that this can only be accomplished through a “heart change”. And while we, followers of Jesus Christ cannot change hearts, we have been put in the world to be purveyors of Truth which comes by telling others about the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When Truth is received and accepted, it alone transforms the heart.
Thus, it is the ultimate human right to know Jesus Christ, who is Truth. Only then will we see true, beneficial transformation in the world.