We’re living in a post-truth era. It’s unsettling. When it comes to news, I’m skeptical. Social media, which is anything but media, is the largest culprit of spreading untruth. Perhaps social opinions would be a better way of describing it. But…. If it’s on the internet, it must be true.
Unfortunately, when human beings get involved in anything, the truth gets skewed. Certainly, we all remember “whisper down the lane”. Line up 10 people and you can nearly guarantee whatever one said to the first will be largely distorted by the time it gets to the tenth.
Just listen to any political speech and ask yourself where is the truth among the rhetoric? The lines are blurred.
My Step 4th Cousin 6 times removed, John Adams, uttered these words of wisdom many years ago.
“Facts are stubborn things: and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
We alter them all the time, even if in our own interpretation. Especially when it comes to our view of ourselves and our view of God.
“People all lie to their neighbors; their flattering lips speak with deception” (Psalm 12:2). “People honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8).
Let’s shift the narrative a bit. With the Holy Spirit guiding us we can change all that. Let truth prevail.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31-32)
God wants you to be honest with Him. He likes candor. He wants to hear what is on your heart today. He wants to heal your heart and the lies you believe. Not only about yourself, but about Him.
And that’s the Memo, Steve