When I watch or read the news lately, I feel like the commentator, the writer, or the political force behind the information given sends me a subliminal and ugly message that says "You can't handle the truth." As unbelievable lies spill, like sing-song nursery rhymes, into my ears, I can just see Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men clinch his jaw, curl his lips, and belt his declaration into the courtroom, "You can't handle the truth!"
Actually, I can. I can handle The Truth.
The Truth is a person (John 14:6). One I love and am devoted to. And I know Him well, as Truth has revealed Himself through powerful and historical writings called the Word.
It has occurred to me that if one does not believe in The Truth, one must be comfortable with the Father of Lies. Perhaps this is why today's global leaders, and some leaders operating on a smaller scale, promote agendas that attempt to suffocate Truth. To them, Truth is vague, unfamiliar, and intimidating. And to them, lies are concrete, controllable, and agenda pushers.
To know The Truth and be set free by it (John 8:31) one must be ready to give away human logic, self perceptions and self rights. This type of self-denial blows a lie-believer's mind. Giving up the treasured "self" opposes everything they've been taught.
Look at this way: if a lie-believer were to lay down his life to follow Christ, there would be no throne to sit upon in his or her carefully built kingdom of self.
I'm not surprised that lies abound today. Over and over again, Christ warned of a coming deception (see Matthew 24) that would lead many astray at end of this age (If talk of the end times scares you, take heart, a glorious new age is close at hand).
I can handle the Truth and I must. It's a call to every believer living today.