How did sin come into the world? A lie. Man has been enslaved since that time. Jesus said, You will know the truth and the truth will make you free. In a later chapter, John records Jesus’ words about Himself, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man comes to the Father except by me. Truth sets a person free while lies enslave them. Truth is essential to freedom and to our mission of remembrance.
This reality was recognized by our nation’s founders. Freedom, spiritual or political, requires truth. This necessity is recognized in our legal system. A court witness swears to do what? Tell the truth. The mission of the court is to determine objective facts based on truthful testimony. The Biblical instruction to refrain from bearing false witness is just one reason George Washington said, It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
The Bible has a great deal to say about government. It’s often stated in terms of what the King should do, or what the Prince might say, but Kings and Princes govern. Proverbs 16 contains several verses along this line:
A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment. – v.10;
A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; all the weights of the bag are His concern. – v.11;
It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness. – v.12;
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and he who speaks right is loved. – v. 13.
Rulers are used by God. He uses them to bless obedience as well as punish disobedience. Remember the nation of Israel. When they were obedient God blessed them and protected them. When they chose disobedience He sent pagan kings to conquer and correct them. Divine decisions are indeed on the lips of rulers. And when rulers lie and foster dishonesty in the marketplace, they will also be judged and corrected. Unfortunately, their people are judged with them! And that thing about righteous lips…can we just say people who traffic in truth ought to be the delight of rulers. When rulers tolerate and/or applaud lying then freedom is in danger and judgment can’t be far away.
For all the reasons above it is easy to see our first President’s mission was truth:
There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily. – George Washington.
Let’s add the pursuit of truth to our prayers for our nation!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Only here can you listen to George Washington and John Wayne in the same setting! Enjoy!