“Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.” (John 18:38)
In the trial of Christ, the best things in the world are the worst. G. K. Chesterton wrote: “In this story of Good Friday it is the best things in the world that are at their worst. That is really what shows us the world at its worst…We see great Rome, the imperial republic…the conquerors of the world…enthroned to say what is justice [only capable of asking] ‘What is truth?’”
Today, things are no better in this spiritually unenlightened world. America, end-time Rome and the world’s only remaining superpower, is no better at defining justice than first century Rome. And unlike first century Rome, end-time Rome no longer even asks the question, “What is truth?” We’ve despaired of ever finding it and concluded that it doesn’t even exist.
We insist that there is no such thing as absolute truth, and that all truth is relative; that is, it is in a constant state of flux. It is always changing. It changes from person to person and from time to time. What is truth to me may not be truth to you; what is truth to you may not be truth to me; and what is truth to us may not be truth to others. Furthermore, what is truth today may not have been truth yesterday and what is truth today may not still be truth tomorrow.
According to the average American, all truth is subjective, not objective. It is individually determined and defined. Therefore, all “truths” are equally valid and no “truth” is superior or inferior to any other.
How can justice be defined in today’s America, when we deny the existence of truth—justice’s defining element? And how can a country continue to hold to its founding and “self evident truths,” when it no longer believes that truth is self-evident? Like Pilate of old, the contemporary American couldn’t recognize the truth if it was standing right in front of his nose.
Intolerance once meant denying everyone an equal right to their opinion. Today, however, it means denying that every opinion is equally right.