Wow, it is tough to navigate life right now. The world is awash with information that is at one time thought to be absolutely certain and then quickly proven to be not. How are we supposed to make any decisions? Everything seems suspect, from simple stuff like weather forecasts, product reviews, map directions and DIY instructions, to more impactful things like health recommendations, legal advice and safety proclamations.
Recently, a popular Facebook post showed a young woman pretending to be a government official dispensing “valuable information” about the pandemic. First, she would say one thing and then in the very same sentence she would say the opposite – claiming both were true.
This was a joke, but it was truly funny because we can all think of recent examples of statements and information that are deemed true one minute, but false the next.
A perfect example of this is from MSNBC’s coverage of the riots in Minneapolis where the reporter claims something that seems to be counter to the things that were actually happening behind him
I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly, but fires have been started and this crowd is relishing that. – Ali Velshi – MSNBC
Is it a protest or a riot or both? Is it unruly or peaceful? Is that a fun weenie-roast bonfire behind you or is it someone’s business, livelihood and dream burning to the ground? Is burning neighborhoods and businesses a peaceful protest, but storming the Capital is unruly?
We need to recognize that untruth and confusion comes from one place. As Jesus told the Pharisees:
[The Devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:44b
So, we know where the lies and confusion come from. The evil one does a great job of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt, especially at such a time as this. The devil was so convincing with his lies that he had convinced Pilate that there was no truth, which led to Jesus’ death and resurrection and our salvation.
37b [Jesus answered] Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice. 38a Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” – John 18:37b-38a
God’s mercies may be new every morning, but so are all the “new truths” contained in your personalized social media and news feeds. Yes, it is comical, but at the same time, it is not. (See what I did there?) As Christians, we need to remember that there IS absolute truth among the cacophony of crap. We can’t be like Pilate and question. We need to constantly remind ourselves that there is one truth and that it is Jesus Christ.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. – 1 Corinthians 3:18
14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness – Ephesians 6:14