There is so much deception and dishonesty going around these days, and it can be so frustrating. Often, truth is standing right in front of people, yet they refuse to look at it. It’s so tempting to just adopt the same tactics of our opponents, lying and misleading just to convince people.
The Apostle Paul, however, felt differently. In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about his ministry. It was difficult, a struggle. He faced opposition, the way any of us Christians face opposition if we speak up for what we believe. And then, in chapter 6, verses 3-11, he describes the entire scope of what he faces:
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Paul says that, as ministers, we must learn to endure many things, but that we also must respond to our obstacles in the right way. This means responding in love, patience, kindness, and “truthful speech.” Truth is on our side. Truth will always win out eventually.
So when we discuss issues of importance with others, we focus on truth. Just as Jesus is the Truth, so we embrace truth.
But what about those instances where the truth may hurt our side? Should we hide it? Not at all. We believe that there is an ultimate truth that will defeat all lies. We are unafraid to discuss what is real and true, because we know the Truth will win out in the end. What we may not be able to completely explain now will be ultimately explainable in the end.
But it turns out that we don’t need to really worry about discussing the truth. Most of the time, our opponents are only telling partial truths and delusions. If that is all we face, we are truly in an advantageous position.
Speak the truth. Always.