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The world today is need of truth tellers, persons who speak truth not for the purposes of proving a point, nor for the sake of injuring another with their speech, nor for the cause of political or popular gain.
We need truth tellers who demonstrate their concern for the community and those who suffer because of a lack of truth. What makes truth powerful is that truth is knowledge that can change perspective, change attitudes and change a community. Truth is more than someone’s opinion. Truth is a declaration about reality whether we like the reality or not.
The truth is that the current pandemic is not under control. The truth is that if something is not done to mitigate further spread of the virus, more people will become sick needlessly and the economy will continue to suffer as consumers choose to stay home whether there is a stay-at-home order or not.
To tell the truth always calls for courage because the truth is not in high demand. The truth about confederate monuments in town squares near courthouses has nothing to do with heritage but everything to do with a sign that minority communities need not expect equal justice. The truth is our current nation’s economic policies are exploding the federal debt and placing a hardship upon generations unborn to pay back.
Zephaniah was a truth teller. Although he was born into loyalty as the grandson of King Hezekiah and is part of the royal court, he is still willing to tell the truth about what he sees. He sees a government that has gone rogue. A government filled with people with more interest for what they could get for themselves and not how they would serve the people and provide a witness of loyalty to Yahweh.
Zephaniah declares that the city and religious officials are woeful. The lack of a moral compass has sent the entire city into a stage of rebellion. Oppression is everywhere and greed is the most common practice.
As bad as things are in the city, Zephaniah sees another truth. Although the city is bad and rebellious, God is still in the city. The righteous Lord has decided to reside in a place filled with rebellion. God resides in the city for one purpose and that purpose is to make himself known in the chaos.
God does no wrong. God applies justice. God does not fail. This is the truth of hope. We have hope because God is still in the city. No pandemic, no racism, no violence, no greed, no corruption can drive God out of the city. He is still here with us and his presence makes hope, mercy and grace possible. Now that’s the truth.
Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 9:31 AM EDT