Read Mark 6
Focus on verse 20
I have written frequently in the past of how truth is not changed by what we choose to believe. We can choose to deny that gravity causes things to fall, but when we throw an object into the air above our head, it will promptly disprove our mistaken belief.
It has been well over a decade now since our culture has made a decided shift toward moral relativism. Where truth was once considered an objective absolute, truth in a world of relativism is defined by what the majority of people believe to be true. This shifting of how we define truth is well suited to those who did not like the moral absolutes that formed the foundation of the prosperity and freedom that we know in western civilization.
As the foundation of truth begins to crumble, a general study of world history seems to testify that it will not be long before all that is built upon it will subsequently come to ruin.
It is an interesting relationship that humans have with truth. We find it attractive and offensive at the same time. Attractive, because it is the lens by which we see God more clearly. Offensive, because it also reveals to us the deceptions that we have fallen victim to.
In today’s reading we find an account of King Herod experiencing this truth dissonance whenever he hears John the Baptist speak. Herod had placed John in prison because John was not afraid to reveal the truth to Herod that it was not lawful for him to marry his sister-in-law. Herodias, the sister/wife of Herod wanted John dead, but Herod would not allow it…
…for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. (v. 20)
Herod found the truth that John preached strangely attractive, yet at the same time it perplexed him because he had no intention of acting upon this truth.
This is not an uncommon response when God’s truth is revealed to people living in deception. It creates a dissonance between the mind, which has been deceived into believing lies and the soul, which is attracted to the truth because the soul longs to be reunited with the God who created it.
As humans I believe we are naturally attracted to truth, however, in a world currently still under the influence of Satan, the father of lies, our minds are quickly deceived by his clever schemes. The lies are like a thick darkness that keeps us from seeing that we are deceived. When the light of God’s truth penetrates that darkness we are naturally drawn toward it, however, some of us are also frightened and repelled when the light reveals how desperately we have been deceived.
This is the essence of the spiritual battle that rages for the control of our mind. Ultimately it comes down to our choice – to move toward the light and begin sorting out the deception, or to move away from the light so that we can continue in what then becomes our self-deception.