We seem to have entered a time in our lives where the truth holds little to no meaning. Truth seems to have become whatever we hear that appeals to us or confirms what we want to be true. When confronted with a truth that challenges or discomforts us, we ignore it, brush it aside, or call it "fake." We manufacture a narrative of the world that conforms to "the devices and desires of own hearts," and avoid at all costs any call to self-examination.
As Christians we are not permitted this dubious luxury. We have one Truth - Jesus Christ; if we are uncertain about how that Truth looks or what it says, we turn to the Gospel. If, like me, you find yourself searching for some clarity about the Truth, about what Jesus might say to us in these uncertain times, I offer you the following passages from the Gospels. They are not the whole Truth, but they are a better place for us to seek the Truth than many other options currently before us. We may not like what the Gospel tells us; it may challenge and unsettle us; we are not, however, allowed to ignore or change it.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty. Luke 1:50-53
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:10-12
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:34-40