Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:12 / 1 Corinthians 7:36-8:13 / Psalm 95:1-11
There was a game show back in the 1950’s called “To Tell The Truth”. A panel of 4 celebrities would attempt to correctly identify a contestant who had an unusual occupation or experience. Two imposters, who would pretend to be the real contestant, would accompany the true contestant. The celebrity panelists would ask questions and the impostors would be allowed to lie but the true contestant was sworn, “to tell the truth”.
After the panel cast their votes, the host would ask, “Will the real __________ please stand up?” After the imposters spent some time acting like they would stand, the true contestant stood and revealed his identity. The panel was often surprised by the real identities, resulting in laughter and humorous comments.
I thought of that old show when I read Paul’s words here in 1 Corinthians. “We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. For even if there are so called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live, and there is but on Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
I can picture the gods of this world sitting to either side of The One True God. As man asks them questions, the gods of this world respond with comments laced with hypocrisy, deceit and lies. The God of Truth responds with honesty and integrity. The world is still taken by the “stories” of imposters and casts their lot with them; not recognizing the truth they have rejected.
Christ’s own people, the Israelites, rejected Him. They did not believe His message or miracles. They embraced false gods and turned to them for direction and hope. They rejected the truth, voting for Barabbas to be set free, not Christ. Jesus was crucified and they willingly cast their lots for His death.
On the game show, the celebrities laughed about how they were deceived. There were no consequences to their decisions but they simply prepared for the next set of contestants and taped a new episode. So it is with the world today except there are eternal consequences to their decisions. Adam made the wrong choice in the garden and man still rejects The Truth, following the false promises of the deceiver. We cannot afford to make the same mistake because one day the real Truth will stand up!