Have you ever tried to live by a long set of rules? A little like the hundreds that some religious leaders tacked on to the original Ten Commandments God had given to Moses.
Handsome, strong and intelligent are the sons of J. Lloyd Tomer and his beautiful wife, Becky, who was the daughter of Rex and Blonnie Skidmore of High Point, NC. I knew this delightful southern family. Rex operated the food service at Silver Knit Hosiery Mills and was an accomplished golfer. Becky later died of cancer. Her sons and Lloyd continue to be successful in business at YTB International or YourTravelBiz.com
J. Lloyd was a football player at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana and his sister, Roma was a cheerleader. He served in the military as a paratrooper, then as a city policeman and became a pastor of what was one of the fastest growing churches in America.
“Coach” Tomer gave his sons these two rules, “Never sass your mother” and “never lie to me.” I heard something similar to that from my dad.
Without truth, there cannot be any solid foundation for honesty, integrity and morality. Thomas Henry Huxley, widely known for his work as a biologist and medical doctor in England, called truth, “The heart of morality.”
In every discipline of life, we must depend on truth. Whether it be medicine, history, government, journalism, economics, religion, philosophy, politics, construction or any other business, nothing can be counted on unless it is true.
The greatest expense of any enterprise is the result of its lack of truth. Disease, crime, economic depressions, civil unrest, failing governments are all the result of lies of every kind which result in corruption, fraud, deceit, arrogance, self-centeredness and total destruction.
The late Charles Colson, one of the most brilliant defenders of truth of our era said, “We must defend the truth lovingly, winsomely, letting others see in all we do the excellence of Him who has called us from darkness into light.” A. W. Tozer, dynamic writer and speaker of the last century encouraged us to “Stand against that which is wrong, show why it is, overcome it and plant truth in its place.”
The failure to defend and stand for truth leads to rewriting history, building of crumbling foundations and the erosion of strong civilizations and nations. Our nation and other formerly strong moral nations may be on the cusp of deterioration and collapse.
“Pilate therefore said to Him, ‘Are You a king then?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I have come into the world, that I might bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’ Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’ And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, ‘I find no fault in Him at all’ ” (John 18:37-38).
In our day, we see truth for sale at the ballot box. Greed forces men to lie in order to gain favor. Forsaking truth destroys the family, divides and wrecks churches. It causes carnal people to destroy the good works of others. The thieves come in to steal, trash and burn what their predecessors paid a high price to provide to bless others.
Those who disregard what forerunners have provided for the good of many will reap what they sow. As they have judged and treated others the same disrespect will come back to haunt them in future days. Be careful about what you tear down and trash.
My world-view is determined by the Word of God. He is the ultimate truth. The final truth in eternal judgment.
© 2013 Wm. C. Ellis
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Dr. William “Bill” Ellis of Scott Depot is a weekly syndicated columnist who writes on a wide variety of subjects. Ellis has spent 25 years as a radio and television broadcaster and as a guest speaker and teacher on college campuses.