No.6: Fight Truth Decay
The last 50 years or so have seen an increased concern for dental hygiene in our country. From school visits, handout toothbrushes, toothpaste adverts, articles on sugar reduction in food, to the benefits or otherwise of chewing gum, we are constantly reminded of our teeth. There is also the customary six monthly appointment.
Yet, during the same time, attandance at church services has dropped like a stone. Indeed, more people are likely to visit their dentist than take in a Sunday service. Some might think that you don’t need the dentist – except in an emergency – if you brush your teeth daily, and you don’t need church even if you read your Bible daily.
However, from recent evidence on televised quiz shows it seems that even the simple “Sunday School” questions are difficult for most to answer. For many years, Bible truth has been ridiculed, sidelined and forgotten and all the emphasis put upon possessions, personaility and individual freedom.
Nevertheless, the words of the Lord Jesus still echo down the centuries: “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8 v.32).
Some would have give anything to be able to break the chains of habitual behaviour and begin life again. This is what the good news of the Bible offers. previous generations were concerned about character and integrity even if they had false or no teeth. Many were godly even if they were gummy.
Maybe it’s time to dust off the old book and brush up on the truth about God and ourselves.