“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Chilling isn’t it!
Truth, the mortal enemy of the lie! Mr Goebbels got it right. He understood absolutely, albeit from the most horrible of perspectives, that truth, scours, strips away, exposes and of course, ultimately kills, the big ugly lie, in what ever form it presents itself.
The Lie, from its first appearance in the garden, slithering down through the centuries, spreading it’s deadly venom, is met by God’s Antidote, the Very Author of Truth, which crushes it dead.
I know, that’s a bit melodramatic, but you get my point!
And we all know that great deceiver from of old is still alive and well, roaming about, and latching on to any one who will listen to his deception. And he’s done a fairly good job of it, too.
Truth these days, it seems, is a rare commodity. It’s a hard thing to come by in the media, in hollywood, in politics. Even within the Church are those who pretend to have Her best interests at heart, while injuring Her with their lies about Her teaching.
We, following in Jesus’ footsteps, can in a smaller way, be the antidote, the leaven, the salt, but we only succeed to the extent that we live in the truth, in Him.
And it doesn’t mean that speaking the truth is a protection from suffering. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Sophie Scholl, Edith Stein, to name a few, were ones who followed their Master into the very jaws of death. It still happens today to Christians all over the world.
We, like them, must be courageous with the courage that comes from God, speaking the truth in season and out. If we are faithful to living in truth now, we can be certain that one day we will meet Truth Himself face to face and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into your Master’s joy.”