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Discerning truth takes a look past appearances

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March 4, 2014 saw a high-flying protest of P&G in downtown Cincinnati. News.cincinnati.com currently has an article that explain the how of the rather extravagant protest. Cincinnati has been buzzing about the protest since it occurred a little over a week ago, and a good percentage of that buzz has been questions about how it all happened. Events like the downtown protest stir residence of the greater Cincinnati area to curiosity about how and why. It turns out that the how of the protest was not nearly as dramatic as the protest itself.

John reminds those who follow Christ, “Don’t judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Scripture encourages the Christian to look beyond the surface and into the true nature of things. In fact, God’s own judgments are the standard for discerning truth in every situation. The Psalmist wrote, “He will judge the world in righteousness. He will administer judgment to the peoples in uprightness” (Psalm 9:8).

The greater Cincinnati area may, on occasion, be amazed at some spectacle like the protest at P&G earlier this month. Cincinnati Christians are encouraged to look beyond the surface amazement and into the truth of the situation. As Christians in Cincinnati seek to judge truth and righteousness, they should remember the standard God has established. Followers of Christ in Cincinnati should judge and discern with righteousness and integrity, with wisdom and prayer as to the truth underlying every daily occurrence. When Isaiah described Jesus in Isaiah 11:2-3, he wrote, “The Spirit of Yahweh will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh. His delight will be in the fear of Yahweh. He will not judge by the sight of his eyes, neither decide by the hearing of his ears.” Cincinnati Christians should be guided by the Holy Spirit to perceive and discern truth in the same manner.

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