Dear Reluctant American,
You have the freedom to be right, and here is why.
It’s hard to live in a culture of relativism for those of us who have a strong sense of right and wrong. According to Merriam Webster’s definition, "relativism is the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute."
Millennials especially have been cramped into a box of relativity when it comes to discussing truth. Does the word truth really even fit into our vocabulary or world anymore?
Freedom of truth
Let’s be honest, no one enjoys being wrong, but it has its perks. When you’ve held onto a fallacy, there is freedom in letting truth disintegrate the lies. There has to be humbleness in a person and a willingness to accept they have been wrong.
It is common to hear humbleness praised (as it should be), but how often do we discuss the honor of having confidence in the truth? If you don’t have confidence in what you believe as truth, say the topic of Freedom, then why bother defending it?
Let me take you into my world for a moment. Recently, I was in a "heated discussion" with someone who really did not want to listen to what I had to say, but was angry with me because I did not agree with their "no stance position," and honestly was angry because I had take a stance.
I don’t pretend to know everything, but there are some issues where I have enough information, study, and insight to take a stand of declaring what is true, and what is a lie. I am sure you do as well. So why do we back down when we have entertained every argument possible, and know in our spirit what is right?
Danger of doubting
After this “heated discussion” I began to doubt myself. I made the case I knew was right, and I had plenty of evidence to back it up, but at the end of it all I kept letting this person’s attack on the truth, and their fence sitting position get to me.
Without evidence and without even a strong point to argue for, this individual made me question myself and the truth. I realized I wasn’t free in this area. A weak voice caused me to be a prisoner of relativity.
How can I break out of this prison cell?
I had the key to unlock the prison door (the key being truth), but I did not have the confidence to put it in the lock and open the cell door.
Power of boldness
I had to declare the freedom to be right. One of the definitions under freedom says freedom is “boldness of conception or execution.” I had to boldly conceive and execute my stance, and when I embraced my boldness I was free from the relative cage I had been told to be in by the world.
Fellow American, don’t be afraid to declare the truth. Be free to be right. With that, remember you have the solemn duty and honor to defend the truth, so be prepared to give sound reason for your stance.
A.W. Tozer said, “For not only does sound reason direct us to refuse the guidance of those who do or teach anything wrong, but it is by all means vital for the lover of truth, regardless of the threat of death, to choose to do and say what is right even before saving his own life.”
How many of our fellow American brothers and sisters have not cowered in the face of death to fight for freedom and truth, and yet in 2016 we may easily cower to those who call us extreme for making a simple choice or stance? Don’t do it.
Our Founding Fathers, and Heavenly Father did not sacrifice what they did for us to be reluctant instead of boldly exercising our freedom to be right and stand for the truth!
Question: In what area do you need to stand more firmly for the truth?