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Prepare to Listen. In your silence, offer this prayer: You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Prayerfully Read John 16:12-15
12‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” As I read these words, I can’t help wondering what happened to so many Christians who reject truth for conspiracy theories and lies. I suppose there have always been a few who jumped on popular bandwagons of falsehoods when it suited their political or theological ideals. But it seems more prevalent today. According to a recent survey, one in four white evangelicals in the U.S. believe as true or mostly true debunked conspiracy theories promoted by organizations such as QAnon. Jack Jenkins wrote, “conspiracy theories enjoy a surprising amount of support in general, but white evangelicals appear to be particularly primed to embrace them” .
How do we avoid falling for lies, which are usually more appealing than truth? Pursuing truth isn’t easy. It requires determination and courage and a willingness to admit we be could wrong. When we submit to the Spirit of truth, he’ll lead us, not to facts and figures, but to the person of Jesus. As Williams notes, “Living in truth means living where Jesus lives” . This is what Jesus meant by, “He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” All that is real and true about Jesus, the Spirit will show us, thus glorifying Jesus, that is, making the presence of Jesus a known and lived experience. Living in Jesus’ presence is the only way we can know the truth, and then discern and reject the lies of conspiracy theorists.
The truth is known in the presence of Jesus. Practice the discipline of pausing today to acknowledge Jesus’ presence in and with you.
Respond to Jesus
Spirit of Truth, come and guide me today into all truth about you and about the world in which I live. Take me deeper into the presence of Jesus so that I live as his true follower. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world. Let the Spirit of Truth be your guide.
 Jack Jenkins, Christianity Today, February 11, 2021.
 Rowan Williams, Christ on Trial. 2000, p. 78.
Reflection on Scripture has been a constant in my life ever since I can remember. Reflecting on Jesus in the Gospels has become a necessity to get Jesus right. Join me in reading John to see Jesus more clearly this Lent.