by Sal Huckel
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There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth (Amos 5:10).
This Scripture passage doesn’t hold back, does it?! With a strong sense of justice (and a career in the law to prove it!), I am passionate about truth in my Christian walk as well. This passage speaks to my core values, and I hope it speaks to yours too.
It’s not that easy, though. Even in our Christian circles, families and churches, there can be so many perspectives on truth and testimony – and sometimes, for many reasons, even just fear or other priorities, telling the truth isn’t always welcomed or believed.
I often like to remind myself of the promise: ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32). It is of great comfort to remember this in times of persecution and false testimony. We are set free in the heavenly realm; we have eternal life and justice forever. We won’t always see God’s justice on this earth, and that is a tension we live with as Christians in a fallen world.
Truth-tellers are not always welcome. They are often called by God, though. Have we loved every correction from the Lord, no matter how gracious and gentle? Are our pastors’ sermons always welcome when they speak truth into the darkness? Our response to the truth does not change its eternal truth.
Take heart in these verses if you are suffering rejection for speaking or living the truth. This persecution should not be a surprise to us as Christians.
If you are smarting today because of the truth, take it to the Lord and ask for forgiveness and healing. Forgiveness comes with healing, and we do not have to stay forever in our sins and shame.
Shine the light in the darkness. ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’
Lord, I praise you for being the way, the truth and the life. May my life show the truth to others and show them the way to you. Bring justice where needed, Lord, and help me to always value the truth, however difficult it may be in the face of pressure from others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they have six wonderful children – now an entire worship band as they serve together in ministry. Sal wears many other hats: she loves writing, speaking, and working as a wellness coach for Weight Watchers.