A decade ago, there was a riot at the Los Angeles County Jail. I asked one of our members, Dave Casebeer, who was serving as a chaplain to write about the riots. This is what he wrote.
“During the recent violence in the Los Angeles County Jail System many stories came forth as to why the trouble began. Some of the stories are true, but most of them were inundated with spin and hype to serve some political agenda. In the relentless mélange of verbiage disseminated by the media, truth descended into the abyss of ambiguity reserved for a society completely taken in by platitudes that give pleasure. When the problems engulfing the world are someone else’s fault we find ourselves free to pull the tab on another beer, tune in to another reality show, and continue to live in the fancy world that we have built for ourselves. As long as the pain does not reach us, we will believe whatever we are told.
Yes! The Sheriff’s Department could have done some things better, but the blame does not sit there. The blame sits in the abolition of truth permeating our country. The inmates have fallen for a lie. They have been told that they can pick and choose the morals that they would like to live by, and if the gang, or the drug culture dictates that set of morals, then it is true for them. Ravi Zacharias said it very succinctly: “Unsuspecting people make a fatal mistake when they give their allegiance to a system of thought by focusing on its benefits while they ignore its systemic contradictions.”
The jail, my friends, is a microcosm of society. The question that we need to ask ourselves is, are we falling for the so-called benefits of a system devoid of truth? If we are, it will not be long before the problem will burst out of the jail and into our streets. Jesus said, “Know the truth and the truth will make you free.” The truth, beloved, is found in the scriptures, not in the spin decimated from the television. Think about how much time you spend reading the scriptures and compare it to how much time you watch television. I know I spend too much time watching television. “
In the ten years since Dave wrote this, the truth has lost more ground. More and more Americans are leaving the truth of the Bible for the ungodly beliefs perpetrated by Satan.
A large portion of our society no longer believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. As a result, there is a shift going on in the morality of our nation. We are becoming a godless people who worship the god of self and self-indulgence.
I agree with Dave in that only the truth can set us free. This freedom, however, came with a price and comes with a price. Jesus paid the price for us to know the truth that can set us free. He is the way, the truth and the life.
We have a price to pay if we live and proclaim the truth. It has become difficult to be a people of the truth. People who live the lie just don’t like it and as a result, there is a price to be paid.
Something to think about…