Editor, Times-Union:
I marvel. I continue to marvel…
As I read various letters to the editor and different articles, it never ceases to amaze me that if people of faith take a stand for Biblical values, for marriage between one man and one woman, and that homosexual practice is sin, then they are somehow “imposing their views,” “intolerant,” “mean-spirited” and even “bigoted” and “hateful.”
However, if others take the opposite position, then they are somehow NOT “imposing their views” or “intolerant” of others, and seemingly no matter how narrow and mean-spirited their position is expressed, they are supposedly never “bigoted” against others or “hateful” of people of faith. They are always, no matter what, we are told, “tolerant” and for "diversity of opinion."  Amazing.
And that’s just one example.
So, what is the answer? How do we know right from wrong? How do we know if there is sin, and if so, what sin is? The answer: Truth. God Himself has provided a plumb line, a way that we can clearly know right from wrong, and what sin is and what righteousness is. “Thy Word is Truth.” “I am the way, the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – Jesus (John 17:17;14:6)
When we deviate from Truth and just go by feelings, opinions, popular culture, or what we’re being force-fed by others, then we “walk in darkness” and “do not the truth.” (1 John 1:6) The sad thing is, numerous surveys show that most people (even church-goers) do not read their Bibles with any degree of consistency.  Tragically, they then, to one degree or another, are “destitute of the truth,” they “resist the truth” and they “wander from the truth.” (1 Tim. 6:5; 2 Tim. 3:8; James 5:19)
But, of course, don’t take my word for it. I challenge readers to examine Truth for themselves. For example, read the Gospel of John with a sincere heart and an open mind, asking God – if He is real – to reveal Himself and to make known His Truth.  Truth transformed my life – and the lives of countless others – and it will that of any sincere seeker, every time. You have a promise: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” – God (Jeremiah 29:13)
The Good News? “If you abide in My Word, then are you My disciple indeed; and you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free!” – Jesus (John 8:31-32)
Pastor Tim Morbitzer
North Manchester
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