Truth is a dangerous concept. Oscar Wilde tells us why: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” That’s why one of the hardest things for Christians is to respond to Paul’s instruction in Ephesians 4:15: … speaking the truth in love … The upshot is that often, we don’t say anything. By playing it safe, we are neither truthful nor loving to the one we are charged to help.
It’s no wonder that the Biblical position on absolute truth shocks the outside world. In our post-modern society, such an inflexible position is threatening, divisive, insensitive, unkind and extremely judgmental. Not to mention, intolerant.
But can we conduct our lives without establishing truth? Looking at Islamo-fascism, our topic over the past couple of weeks: By failing to call radical Islam what it is—a threat to our society—we imperil ourselves and those who look to us for leadership and protection.
Am I being alarmist? Following are four cases where local leaders didn’t uphold truth:
- Hamtramck, Michigan has seen its ethnic makeup change from French settlers to German and Polish over the last century but it remained an American entity. With a growing population from Yemen and Southern Asia, the immigrants have changed this municipality (entirely surrounded by Detroit) to this:
Although hundreds of long-time residents of Hamtramck protested the city allowing the five-times-per-day Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast over Hamtramck’s loudspeakers, the city council voted unanimously in April 2004 to allow it. Prior to the city council making its decision, public input from any citizens (except Muslims) had not been allowed. This continues today. Hamtramck resident Bob Golen was outraged … He said that, after the city council voted to allow the calls to prayer, one of the city councilmen said that he was “proud to set a precedent in this country.”
Is that the kind of precedent the people of Hamtramck wanted?
- In October of 2012, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) bullied the Roseville Public Schools (near Detroit) into apologizing for handing out permission slips to elementary school students for Bible study classes at a local Baptist church. Off campus, and they feel they have to apologize?
- CAIR wasn’t done. Their director provided a booklet, “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” that is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for students of all faiths. I’m sure it’s an unbiased document.
- CAIR met with the Dearborn, MI schools superintendent “to discuss concerns from some parents regarding prayer accommodations in Dearborn Public Schools. In response, Dearborn Public Schools has implemented a policy which fully accommodates student-led prayer in all the schools, as well as unexcused absences for students who leave early on Fridays for Jumu’ah prayers.
No Bibles, and certainly no Christian prayer, in their schools, but in the spirit of inclusiveness, you can see we’re not far behind what happened on the streets of London. You know what follows, don’t you? Truth is seldom easy. Who is going to speak up in your town?