Buy the Truth

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Recently our Plain Communities were brought to our knees as the news spread that a conservative young woman was missing in New Mexico. This is the kind of news you read about happening out there in society, amongst the debauchery of lust and low morals, but here, in our safe rural communities? The thought caught many of us sideways, and I suspect a few more of our people’s doors were locked at night in the days following her disappearance.
As the days progressed, stories began to leak out about what had “happened.” Some of these stories were true, but many were merely speculation. To our shame, those conducting the investigation finally asked our people to stop spreading stories about the case except for the few details that were actually proven to be true.
The Bible says that in the last days, ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. We take this literally to mean there will be wars going on, and there will be rumblings of wars brewing, with people projecting them to be happening any day. I believe Jesus was also speaking in a broader sense more than just about wars. One of the signs that we are living in the last days will be a love to speculate and share information as being factual, without a strong premium being placed on the truth.
The proverb writer, in Proverbs 23:23, says: Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Buy the truth, and sell in not. In life, and especially in our days of modern technology, there is an almost limitless storehouse of information available at our fingertips. We can ask Google or Siri a question, and with only a few exceptions, we will receive a response. Wikipedia has information on almost all subjects of interest. There are Bible study helps and explanations for scripture verses in abundance available online. In the midst of all of this, the Christian must remember that there is information, and there is truth; and far too often, they are not the same. Solomon gives us the admonition, not to pursue information, but to buy the truth and sell it not.
I find it interesting that he uses the idea of buying. When you buy something, there is a cost involved. There is a transaction where we must pay to become the owners of what we a purchasing. Buying the truth is no different. Most books that will help you grow in your personal life take effort to read. Even the thrilling accounts of history often take effort to read because things don’t always work out like they “should.” Sticking to the bold facts when telling a story often comes with the price of admitting our humanity and exposing some shortcomings in the lives of those we love. The truth must be purchased. It will take effort. It will only do us good if we are willing to learn from the truth we receive.
Why is it important that we buy the truth? Jesus says in John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Truth sets man free. We live in a fallen world. All of us have sinned. All of us have failed and have the recipe of failure deeply ingrained in our old nature. We, in our carnal state, love the untruth and create “grey areas” because it appeals to our old nature. It gives opportunity to gloss over failures and overstate areas of victory. It quiets the voice of the Spirit as He faithfully nudges our conscience when we make wrong choices. Freedom comes at a cost, and part of that cost is complete honesty and conscious line of right and wrong.
As I ponder this idea of buying the truth, I wondered how we as plain people are doing? What am I buying into and promoting? Is it based on the Bible, the source of all truth? Does it compliment the words of Jesus, or does it promote another doctrine? Does it pass the test of being true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report that Philippians 4:8 lays out for the words of the Christian?
Truth sets men free, is the message of Jesus. Untruth, on the other hand, brings bondage. When information comes into our possession, whether through private study, group discussion, or our inbox, are we careful to clearly label speculation for what is and then use only the known facts, the truth, to build our case? Truth sets men free, speculation often muddies the waters; and untruth brings us into direct opposition with God and in bondage to our flesh.
Our testimony as plain people has at times been tainted for embracing and passing on information that is based on speculation or old wives’ fables. We can live in the reality of this unbecoming characteristic, or we can choose to pursue and embrace truth. My dear people, as you walk the corridors of information, Buy the truth and sell it not!