I invite you to cast your mind back to when you were you a child. You might recall your parents imploring you to always “tell the truth”, if they felt you were not being honest with them about making a mess, breaking something … hitting your brother.
You knew instinctively then that, if you did not tell the truth and were caught out, you were liable to get yourself into trouble.
What was so important about telling the truth then?
It seems that, as we grow older, the importance of telling the truth can become obscured to us and it can become more or less habitual to permit more untruths to flow forth from our mouths.
A couple years ago, I went to an event at which Karlo Broussard of Catholic Answers was hosted by Parousia Media at a local pub on the east side of Brisbane. I attended the event hoping to enhance my knowledge of the Catholic faith. However, I did not expect to learn a fundamental lesson about the world that would change my concept of how to operate in the world.
Karlo presented an argument to the audience about objective truth. He suggested posing the following question to any person who espouses the idea that there is no objective truth (you have your truth, and I have my truth): “Is it objectively true that there is no objective truth?”
You see, for the man who says that truth is not absolute, he must overcome the logical fallacy inherent in his statement that there is no absolute truth, for to make such a statement it would need to be absolutely true!
As Christians, we are exhorted to be singularly focused on Jesus Christ. Why? In John 14:6, Christ Himself tells us why: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
Jesus is the Truth and, to be logically consistent, He is the absolute or the objective Truth. To be singularly focused on Jesus Christ is to be singularly focused on seeking truth in our daily lives.
What does it mean to seek the truth? It means seeking the narrow path to Heaven. And this is no trivial matter, because seeking the truth and telling the truth are not easy things for men to do. We are often stubborn, indignant and riddled by denial. But we need to confront tough truths because doing so will have the effect of breaking down the façade we were and rebuilding us into a person more rightly oriented towards Christ.
We should heed our parents’ advice and tell the truth. Telling the truth will be our salvation.
The Thomas More Centre is designed to provide guidance, formation and support for young people passionate about culture, politics and justice. Each year we host YPAT (Young Political Advocacy Training) – a week long training session where youth aged 18 – 30 from all across Australia come together to get equipped and informed about the things that matter via guest speakers, activities and networking. Applications for the July 2021 session are now open. Apply here.