We need to defend truth as if we are defending Jesus, because when we defend truth, we truly are defending Jesus. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” [John 14:6] Jesus defines Himself as the Truth. Indeed, Jesus cannot deny Himself, so He must defend truth. When we do not defend the truth, we are denying Jesus, even though it is a lesser way than denying Him by name.
Would you want to be considered someone who denies Jesus, even in a small way? It would be like a husband or wife trying to deny they are married, even if only in appearance. The reason does not matter. Trying to reason your way out of denying your marriage does not work well (and should not) to your husband or wife. They have been denied and have been wronged. Would not Jesus be the same when we deny Him, even if only in appearance?
There are so many ways that we are complicit in denying Jesus, denying truth. Sometimes, it is just remaining silent, so as to appear in agreement. Not always do we have to step up to defend truth. To do so all of the time would take almost all of our energy and time. The biggest factor is to make sure we do not even appear to deny the truth, and thus Jesus. It does not even need to be a full out fact war. It can be as simple as just stating that you disagree.
We must have the moral fortitude to stand up for the truth in order to stand up for Jesus. Loving Jesus is not something that we can just keep locked up inside. Marriage is a public declaration of love. Our relationship with Jesus is public as well. Will we deny Him before others, or deny the lies we would otherwise appear to support?
Jesus, I love You and I wish not to deny You even in the smallest of manners. Send Your Holy Spirit to guide me in all truth and especially to know when I must stand up to defend You in defending truth. Amen.