In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Logos was not a new word when the Apostle John used it to refer to the second person of the Trinity.
It was a standard word in the Greek language, used by philosophers from Heraclitus (535 – 475 BC) to mean the principle of order and knowledge.
It is the word from which we get “Logic” and “Dialogue.”
John’s use of the term is very significant.
There is a logic, a premise, a principle, an author, a reason for, in, and behind the universe. As He spoke the world into being, disorder was ordered.
There is One from whom all things flow. There is a central, defining and originating author, who stands over the universe. He not only made it, but He causes it to continue. In Him, it consists.
He is the “logic” of the whole thing.
He is truth.
Maybe we never realised it, but John 1:1 changes the way we understand everything.
It means that we believe in objective truth. That is to say, truth is real, it sits above us all, and all things ought to be conformed to it.
Truth is not merely “my truth” or “true for me.” Truth is true for everyone.
It means we believe in dialogue. Because if two disagree, it is possible to find agreement in the truth of the matter. To dialogue is to reach upwards into that truth, discover it, and accept it. It rights our wrongs, and that is important.
It means that we believe there is a right, good, and best way for everything. It is the way of truth.
To seek the truth, so that we know how to order life on earth, has been a great endeavour of the human race.
But truth is dying in the West.
Postmodernism and cultural Marxism are leading the charge to destroy this “way we understand everything.” These ideologies work on the principle that there is no objective truth as we once knew it. There is nothing over and above us that binds us.
“Truth” belongs to us. I am the Logos.
This is why identity politics has caught on so quickly. It teaches us that we are no longer to measure things by what is said (ie whether it’s true), but rather who said it.
There are those who have no right to speak about things because of who they are. Because their group identity makes them “privileged” they cannot speak about issues affecting other groups who are “victims.”
Examples abound. Only yesterday, Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan sought to speak in Federal Parliament concerning his home state’s proposed new abortion laws:
“I can hardly hold the thought: a baby who is seconds off being named, or even prenamed in many cases… will be euthanised with a blunt instrument where they, first of all, sever the spine and then compress the cranium.”
Late-term, partial-birth abortions will be permitted. That means abortion up until birth. It means death for a baby in the manner described above.
Astonishingly, this is but one of many shocking features of the proposed law. The Senator mentioned several others.
O’Sullivan challenged his fellow politicians: “Now listen! We need to stand up; humanity needs to stand up. The world needs to look at how you vote on this motion today.”
But anyone who is familiar with the abortion debate already knows what the rebuttal looked like.
Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch replied first: “…to see a middle-aged white man in old-fashioned braces, with equally old-fashioned ideas, lecturing women on what they should or should not do with their bodies is disgraceful and insulting to all women.”
Senator Rice was next to criticise, describing the debate as, “offensive anti-women, patronising, patriarchal, anti-abortion propaganda.”
He is attacked straight out of the postmodern cultural Marxism playbook. He is attacked because of who he is. A man. Meanwhile, women who seek abortions were exonerated in the debate simply because of who they are. Women.
See, a truth claim by a man like Senator O’Sullivan is oppressive to those who are bigger victims than he. A man can’t tell the truth about abortion because of who he is. A woman can’t tolerate the words of such a man on abortion because of who she is.
The nature of debate in Australia reminds us every day that truth is dying, and it has well and truly reached our parliaments.
If things continue this way, the results will be very dark indeed.
There is a lesson to be learned from Isaiah 59:
Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.
Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
Notice the order: truth stumbles, righteousness stands far away, then justice is turned back.
If the truth about right and wrong is lost, then there can be no righteousness. If there is no righteousness – only evil – then there can be no justice.
With the loss of truth will come rank injustice.
The issue at hand is a very strong proof of that. Abortion represents layer upon layer of injustice – the death of an innocent is just the beginning.
Yet we legalise it, sanction it, even promote it in political platforms.
But truth is real. The Logos, the Creator reigns. And we know Him, because He is the Lord Jesus Christ.
And because truth is real, it can be spoken by middle-aged white men. Many of them are particularly good at it. May there be many more.