Truth in Discourse
“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter” (Isa. 59:14). There is perhaps no clearer description of the public discourse of our day than this lament by Isaiah. When truth “stumbles,” the very fabric of our society is torn. God established the centrality of truth for His people in the ninth commandment given to Moses on Mount Sinai: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Ex. 20:16). To properly understand and apply this word from God, we will look briefly at the context and the actual content of the commandment, and then seek to understand how we can apply the commandment as Christ’s people in light of His coming.