Truth Under Attack
Verse 10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.
Having reminded us whose battle it is, Jude explains a bit more about the people we are to watch out for. He gives us a big clue in our key verse today.
It doesn’t take much time on social media to encounter people who are ready and willing to attack anyone who holds a different viewpoint from themselves. Whether the topic is politics, sports, dietary options or even theological beliefs there are those who are ready to make a post a battleground. More often than not it takes a turn to become a personal attack which can quickly dive into saying things that are not true.
This is the same type of person that Jude is talking about today. It isn’t that these people are arguing from a point of wisdom. They are divisive by nature and that is why they slander. What they understand is how to destroy. Like animals who are on the hunt, these people are on the lookout for who they may create issues with and for. But the truth is that their actions will end up bringing them to destruction.
Remember in yesterday’s discussion we said that the battle is not our own, but that doesn’t mean that the enemy isn’t going to be attacking us. Because these other people don’t understand the truth of the Gospel they will try to distort it by slandering it. This is so common in our world. The Gospel is under constant attack because it is truth. Since the beginning of time the enemy has been trying to deceive God’s people. The serpent in the Garden of Eden asked Eve a question that caused her to doubt God. This was an attack on the truth of God’s statement about the tree and was just the beginning of the assault on truth.
Jude was trying to help his readers, and us, know how important truth is. Things haven’t changed. We need to be fighting this battle with solid truth and that means knowing absolute truth. Jesus said that He is the way, the TRUTH and the life. We must hold tight to Christ and His teachings so we know truth in its fullness.
Making It Personal
How easily are you deceived? How much do you desire truth? Where do you seek truth?
Making It Personal Kids
What is truth? How do you know what is truth? Do you try to find truth?
Father, thank You for showing us truth. Help us seek truth so that we are not easily deceived. Give us sound teachers so that we can know the difference between truth and lies. In Jesus’ name, amen.