As I think about my resolutions for this year, my thoughts keep circling back to one key charge—be a Truth speaker. Sure I’d like to shed a few pounds, stay more organized, eat better, sleep more…But, if I am going to commit to focus my efforts in a direction that truly matters, I want it to be in the area of knowing and proclaiming God’s Truth.
One quick look at the headlines proves the need. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, the suicide rate among preteen and young girls has spiked 76%? Other studies report that sexual experimentation is way up among young women. The news was really hammered home for me last week when I read an article showing that self-mutilation is on the rise. Specifically, doctors are seeing more and more young people “self-embedding.” That is driving shards of wood, glass or paper clips under their skin.
When asked if this trend was new, one self-mutilating girl wrote, “I don’t think it is any newer than cutting. To me it just seems like another form of cutting or self-injury. As for it being a disorder…I think it depends on if people think self-injury in general is a disorder. I personally don’t think it is because it always stems from something else; it’s more like a symptom” (www.abcnews.com).
She’s right. It is a symptom. Self-mutilation, and suicide, and promiscuity are all symptoms of hopelessness, of bondage, and of despair.
The news is grim. Young women are being deceived and that deception leads to bondage. Nancy and Dannah talk about this attack in Chapter 1 of Lies Young Women Believe.
“Satan targets your generation through more messages than any that has gone before it. Movies, TV, magazines, Web sites, MySpace pages, text messaging, cell phones! With so many media, the messages that you are bombarded with are vastly more numerous than any previous generation has every experienced. Never has a generation been exposed to so many messages through so many mediums.
Your generation has no single source of influence or Truth. Instead you are likely to pick and choose pieces of philosophies and theologies from many different sources and create your own standard of right and wrong” (Lies Young Women Believe, 24).
The consequence of that blending of truths can be seen in the headlines I mentioned above.
There is a desperate need for Truth!
Maybe that need is in your own life. Is it possible that the broken relationships, fear, depression and guilt you are experiencing are evidence of your need for a heavy dose of Truth this year?
Even if you live with positive, healthy emotions and relationships most of the time, you can still plug in to the power of Truth in 2009. These are your peers that are struggling. These are your friends and sisters who are being deceived.
James 5:19-20 says, “If anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
I’m going to seek to apply God’s Truth to more areas of my life this year. But I am also going to be bold about being a Truth speaker to the young women around me. This verse in James makes it clear that the stakes are high enough to warrant the effort.
Will you join me? Will you seek to know God’s Truth more this year and to speak it more often to the girls around you? Will you commit to digging out lies in your own life and replacing them with Truth from God’s Word?
I hope so. I promise to use this blog to encourage you and to write honestly about the impact of Truth as I experience it. I want to invite you to do the same. Consider this our Truth 2009 Command Center as we boldly fight the power of lies in the lives around us.
“Then you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:32).