Belt of Truth
Growing up, I almost always dressed up for church. Many teens in the youth group showed up in the stressed jeans with strategically placed holes in them and sporting an untucked button up shirt of some degree. Not me, I have always been a slacks and tie guy, for as far back as I can remember. I can remember showing up to church thinking I looked great and was dressing appropriately.
Of course, God always allows someone in your life that delivers constant criticism, and some of it even constructive! I was getting ready to head in for choir practice, when they mentioned that I looked great! All I needed was a belt and I would actually look complete. That kind of hurt, for I never wore belts. You better believe I started wearing them after that. After all, a belt really completes the look, and to be honest, it helps keep those pants on. (A problem I struggle less with as I grow older. Wider? No, definitely older.)
Belts are generally just a small accessory that helps pull everything together, but they were originally introduced in order to keep everything from falling apart. In war, Roman soldiers would wear a belt in order to keep their outer garment from getting in the way of their movement and would allow them to keep fighting.
The Bible utilizes belts in the same way! In Eph. 6, it tells us to gird our loins with the belt of truth. Paul is telling us that truth is what keeps everything together. Unfortunately, we now live in an age where lying is simply part of our culture, and how we do business. We change the names of things that sound horrible into something that sounds obvious:
No where is this put on display more easily than when the Nazi Party of Germany began their institutional genocide of the Jewish race. They did not call the Jews people, rather they called them rats which needed to be exterminated? I’m sorry, did I say exterminated? I meant shipped off to concentration camps/murder camps. There I did it again didn’t I? Not concentration camps, the Final Solution. See? Simply taking rats to their final solution. No problems here.
America is no different on many levels. Businesses no longer have Secretaries. That is sexist, we now have Administrative Assistants. Is there any difference? No, but we feel better about ourselves for calling it something different. I worked for a grocery store that didn’t have “baggers” rather we were Customer Service Specialists. These truly grow dim in comparison to some of the bigger lies though: Murdering babies? No, that is just freedom of choice. Sodomites? No, we are gays. Racists? No, Rugged Individualists. Unfortunate truth? No, Fake News. This is not just semantics, this is altering the truth through a change of perception.
The Bible is clear, that we as Christians should be girding ourselves with Truth. Truth is what holds everything together. Then we must allow truth to permeate our perception, our conversation, and our very actions if we are to be able to stand firm against the spiritual darkness that fights for the souls of our country, our church, and our family.
[Eph 6:14 KJV] 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
[Psa 86:11 KJV] 11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
[Rom 1:18, 25 KJV] 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; ... 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.