If there was a catchphrase that defines our culture right now, I offer the following: “Just Google it!”
Information at your fingertips. Whether finding facts, information on certain subjects, places to go, or deals to shop and don’t know where to begin—“Just Google it!” The information is given in a matter of seconds.
We are living in an age where technology is advancing exponentially. There probably has never been a larger chasm between two generations than today where young children are adeptly utilizing computers, iPods, and iPhones, and even teaching adults on their finer uses. In the meantime, most grandparents stand back in fear of this technological monster that’s invading their world. If you can’t work the TV or DVD player, ask your grandchild!
In today’s world, I can instantly find the nearest Chinese restaurant, the score of a basketball game, eating habits of the koala bear for my daughter’s research paper, and what my college freshman is up to on her Facebook account. But where can I find hope? How about peace? What about love or joy? Though we live in the age of instant information questions still remain that Pontius Pilate was seeking two thousand years ago. “What is truth?” and “Where can I find it?”
I performed a little experiment in the pursuit of truth and did what everybody else is doing when looking for information.
I just Googled it.
I Googled “hope” and the first item was information about support and guidance for homeowners. I Googled “peace” and found a list of organizations striving for world unity, stability and non-violence. I Googled “joy” and found the world’s definition equates joy with happiness. Finally, I Googled “love” and out jumped the “love calculator”. This web site calculates a person’s chance on having a successful relationship.
I “Googled” and the world provided me with answers. Yet, the answers the world provides end up being a dead end. Why? Because money and happiness are fleeting. Conflict is never-ending. And love? Loneliness is like guilt—it’s a gift that keeps on giving no matter how hard we ignore its pangs.
Though we have more information at our fingertips than ever before, people are still looking for answers. They are searching for hope, love, and especially the truth. Where do you find truth? And, how can we trust the source to be true?
Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” even though the Truth was standing right before him. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” In the gospel of John we learn that Jesus is the Word. He is the source of truth and we are told that we can take Him at His Word. He defines grace for what the word truly means—a gift given to those who are undeserving. Faith receives grace and, in turn, the free and full forgiveness of sins right now. Not because of what we do or can become, but what Christ has already completed for us. That’s true grace. That’s taking Christ at his Word. And being God, we can full trust His promises to be true.
Like Pilate, the Truth stands right before you. Accept Him and you will find the way, the truth, and a life of peace, confidence and assurance that I can be already perfect—right now—by trusting in Christ.
Dave Malnes is with Truth in Love Ministry based in Idaho and coordinator of the beyeperfect.org campaign launched in Provo last summer. He authors the blog witnesswell.wordpress.com.