Would You Support a Liar?

If you’re connected to social media at all, with it’s many different faces, you will no doubt see a lot of write-ups criticizing our political leaders for things they’ve said, done, or not done. The criticism usually points out that the political leader in power lied about certain aspects of his/her tenure. Of course the strategy is for you to be convinced that in the next election you will choose differently when you vote.

The question I’ve been asking in connection with this is “Would you knowingly throw your support behind a liar?” Before you mentally answer that question let me share some thoughts from an article from Reuters titled Why We Vote For Liars by Jack Shafer.

Talking about the US election (2012) and armed with references from a number of “fact finding” organizations, Shafer started his article with this statement: “Candidates bend the truth, distort the facts, fudge the numbers, deceive, delude, hoodwink, equivocate, misrepresent, and, yes, lie, as a matter of course.” Does this take any of us by surprise? Sadly, not likely.

What really got me was another sentence. “Politicians lie not because they’re wicked – though some are – but because they’ve learned that political markets rarely reward honest campaigners.” Ouch! What is being said is that in the political world the truth doesn’t matter! Voters are quite willing to throw their support behind a liar.

Jesus entered into a world very much like that. The political system was corrupt and their own religious system had also become corrupt. Those who were in power would do anything to stay in power.

For example, Jesus healed a man who was blind, deaf, and demon possessed. Now that’s a real miracle and the people were talking about it! The religious leaders overheard what some of the people were saying about Jesus (that he must be the Messiah). They felt threatened so they tried to throw dirt in Jesus’ face by saying that he could only do what he did because he gets his power from the prince of demons (Matt. 12:22-32). Big lie!!

On the other hand, Jesus told the truth. The truth wasn’t popular then and it’s not popular today. In the book of John (John 14:6) Jesus tells his followers, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” This is an “exclusive” truth. “Exclusive” means that any other claim to eternal life (including other religions) is false. This is not a popular truth today and those who believe it are often called narrow and intolerant.

What I find curious is that recent statistics show that close to 70% of those who claim to be Christians (followers of Jesus) believe that other religions can lead to eternal life!! If this is accurate then what 70% of Christians are saying (by their belief) is that “even though I believe Jesus lied I still choose to follow him.”

Jesus claimed to be the “only” way to eternal life. Either his claim is truth or he lied. You can’t have it both ways. If you are a follower of Jesus, if you call yourself a Christian, stand firm. Don’t let the pressure from the world cause you to relax your grip on the truth. Jesus is the only answer.