John 17:17 says to "Sanctify them in the truth, Your word is truth." What does it mean to sanctify the truth? Sanctify means to call out from or to keep separate. Truth must be kept separate from all the other influences of media, movies, and books that are contrary to God's truth. It is like walking down a hallway or "corridor of truth" and every door on both sides has something or someone coming out at you wanting you to believe their way. You, however, decide to ignore all of them and keep your eyes focused straight ahead on God's truth. (I hope that none of you teens are reading the books, or seeing the movies of Harry Potter. See my article entitled, "Christians Should Have Nothing to do with Harry Potter.)
Truth, however, is under attack today: the Bible, the Ten Commandments, the cross, and even Jesus.
Do Christians have THE truth? As a teen, you need to know what you believe and why. The Bible is the most credible and inspired manuscript of truth ever written. Jesus also is truth. I will give you 3 reasons why the Bible and Jesus are truth.
1. The Bible itself says that it is the inspired Word of God in II Timothy 3:16, and the Bible does not lie. Here is a comparison to use for how the Bible came about. Suppose a teacher gave every student in a class an essay assignment. The students were not given any specific topic, but were told they could write about any subject that came to mind. Upon reading the essays the teacher discovered, to his or her utter disbelief, that every essay had the same themes. The Bible was written by many different inspired authors over thousands of years but it has the same themes running throughout.
2. There are hundreds of fulfilled prophecies, 300 of which were fulfilled in Jesus Himself.
3. Jesus made claims about Himself. He said that he is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) Jesus was the only perfect man who ever lived and cannot lie.
We need an alliance of truth bearers. These are teens who will take a stand against sin, evil, temptation, and the people or organizations that are seeking to tear down truth. Here are some examples of people who are members of the alliance of truth bearers.
David killed Goliath, in the Old Testament. David was a young man not much older than some of you who had had enough of someone defying his God, and determined to do something about it. (I am not advocating killing, of course, but here is an example of a young man who had the courage to stand up for the truth against a leader.)
There is a high school boy in New York who was told that he could not have a Bible club in his school. He knew that he legally could as long as the faculty or administrators were not involved in it. He took that information to his assistant principle. The boy stood up against his high school administrator and won.
There is a story about Benjamin Franklin. He was wanting the city of Philadelphia to adopt street lighting but no one would listen. Every night he decided to light a lamp on his porch. Soon the neighbors started doing the same because, by his example, they saw the usefulness of a light.
This story has a spiritual application given in Matthew 5:14-16. "You are the light of the world. A city set on hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put in under a basket, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Truth and light mean the same thing.
What are the requirements for being a member of the alliance of truth? You must read your Bible consistently every day, or almost every day. Take advantage of opportunities to proclaim the truth. You must be a leader and not a follower, unless you are following another truth bearer. Know your legal rights. Keep the torch lit and raise the banner high. Refuse to back down or compromise your beliefs. You may have to say no to some things. Use whatever you have, or can do, to take a stand for truth.
Your generation needs someone like you to be an example for truth. Will you be a member of the truth alliance?