What a Compliment!

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 3 John 1:3-8

Gaius had welcomed the genuine traveling teachers who were preaching Jesus, the Truth. So John commends him as one who is faithful to the truth and who walks in the truth. Six times in this short letter John uses one of his favorite words: truth.

One of my favorite stories about the truth happened in 1961. (This is a true story!) Douglas William Johnson, a 50-year-old unemployed janitor, turned in $240,000 that had fallen from an armored bank truck in Los Angeles. (Can you guess how much that $240,000 would be worth today?) “I’ve got something here you folks might be looking for,” drawled Johnson as he phoned the FBI. FBI agents sped to his house and took him and the money back to headquarters. The sack had not been opened but it bore the label $240,000. When asked why he didn’t keep the money, he replied: “If I’d kept it I could never have looked my kids in the face again.”

Neighbors of the early Christians said some things about them that were nasty and hardly true: “These Christians are politically dangerous, are cannibals, and are sexually promiscuous.” But one thing they never did say: “These Christians lie just like the rest of us!” Those who followed Jesus, the Truth, spoke the truth and lived the truth.


“I need Thee every hour, stay Thou near by: temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.” (Annie Hawks)