To the Pharisees, perceived “custodians of truth,” Jesus said:
You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Powerfully strong words! What leader today has the courage to speak like this? We need to carefully analyze what Jesus is so dogmatically stating. Jesus unmasked their (1) Motives: to carry out the Prince of Darkness’ agenda; (2) their Agenda: to lie and reject the truth.
The modern custodians of truth and enlightenment are the secular elites who dominate the media, Hollywood, the educational complex from preschool through university, and, of course, big government that puts the power of force behind secular humanism—the religion of people who don’t believe in God and is now the cherished faith of the Left.
Jesus is all about truth; the Bible is all about truth. Truth about what? Truth about our Creator and his plan for humans; truth about history; truth of the unchangeable laws that govern human success and happiness; truth of sin and the clear distinction between right and wrong, good and evil; truth of our ultimate destiny to live forever in the coming Kingdom of God on earth: … and so much more.
Would Jesus speak so sharply to the elites today who presume to lead public opinion and morality? I think he would and in fact does by what he has already stated. The one thing that unites the Left (a useful term for all the humanists, atheist progressives, etc.) is a pathological hatred of the Bible, the Creator God as its central character, and for the Judeo-Christian faiths it has spawned.
This hatred is not normal or logical. It is not occasioned by some horrendous acts of great evil such as atheist tyrants like Hitler, Stalin, or Mao who killed tens of millions. In fact the Left is little bothered at the murders of millions done by anti-God tyrants. Jesus was right about their father, the devil, being invested in murder from the beginning. Is our 21st century world less duped by the devil than that of the 1st century? I would say the deception has never been as great!
The antipathy of the Left toward God, his Torah, and his people is a spiritual perversion. They have drunk of the poisoned Kool-Aide. Are all in the God-hating Left willingly and knowingly going along with the devil’s agenda? Probably not. Most followers are deceived, following the crowd, trying to be relevant and cool—dupes. But the leaders of the anti-God Left, the apostles of evolution and amorality, know what is at stake. To get the power they seek God and his word must be marginalized and ultimately erased from the public square.
Of course the leaders of the Left don’t even believe the devil exists. Does that mean that they can’t be doing his will nevertheless? Would the pious Pharisees admit to following Satan? Never! Did they honestly think they were in any way aligned with the devil’s agenda? Probably not. But they clearly were. They were contradicting Jesus’ message which was the same message as Moses and the prophets brought
and they were plotting to kill Jesus. Why? He shined the light of truth exposing their hypocrisy and evil behavior.
Truth is like kryptonite to the Left—it cannot tolerate it. They hate it. But God-Fearers, Christians and Jews alike, love the truth. Jesus asked his Father to do this for his followers…you and me:
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17)
If you hold my teachings [which he received from the Father], you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32)
A key distinction that identifies God’s children is a love for the truth as it applies to every area of thought and living. It is not “my truth” or “your truth” as if truth was purely subjective and we can mold it to suit us. Truth of the sort that defines everything is objective, not fungible, but unchangeable and eternal because it comes forth from the character and mind of God himself.
Lies like lice attach to us humans and are a part of what we call the human condition. The novelist Michael Connelly introducing his latest Lincoln Lawyer novel writes this:
Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. Victims lie.
A trial is a contest of lies.
Jesus spots and labels the pathological liars that oppose goodness and truth. The anti-God mob operating today is every bit in the devil’s pocket as was the bunch of liars Jesus dressed down in John 8. Only today there are multitudes more coming in a variety of guises—appealing and seductive to the unwary. They promise freedom from old standards, enlightenment, equality, fairness, and choice. But take note of the black cloud that follows them raining down misery, division, perversion, suffering, and murder.
Could anyone in their right and logical mind call the killing of 60 million helpless little humans waiting to be born a good thing? The left does and in fact makes it a noble right to do so. It has become a sacrosanct doctrine of their political party. How would Jesus address these pathetic killers of those little ones made in God’s image? We know how he would.
Finding out the truth of a matter is not easy. Peeling away the layers of distortions and lies takes time and effort and one must have an objective standard in hand to test the data. It is an uphill battle against great odds. However we have an ultimate weapon at our disposal to bring to the fight: God’s truth enshrined in his word and in his creation.