We hear a story on tv or read it in a newspaper, and wonder if it’s factual or if statements were taken out of context to convey the station’s or newspaper’s bias. You approve a new tax, only to find the city uses the funds for a different purpose. Or you vote down a certain building plan, only to find later, that it was built anyway. It’s easy to become cynical.
Many times, “anonymous sources” are revered as truthful, even though no evidence is ever found to confirm their accusation. Today, with tv and social media, these anonymous stories can destroy a person’s reputation before the evidence is ever weighed or validated.
You hear people say things like, “Your truth is not my truth.” What?! You mean that I should no longer be surprised if the cashier doesn’t give me 95 cents back when I give her $2 for a $1.05 item? Oh, they usually don’t mean the rules about math or physics or chemistry or electronics can have multiple truths.
They limit their “truth” to social issues or religious topics. If they want to believe something, whether there’s any evidence for it, or it makes any sense, all they have to say is, “It’s my truth.” Sounds like an easy maneuver on their part to shut down all conversation to the contrary.
I was listening to a recent broadcast from Focus on the Family. The guest suggested that we are now living in a POST-TRUTH world. In the past, you could use reason and logic to challenge someone’s views. Today, those approaches are no longer as effective.
Reminds me of the man who conducted interviews on a university campus a couple years ago. He asked students why they believed in evolution. Most responded that it was because their professors said evolution is a FACT of science. When the interviewer asked the students for one piece of evidence that supported evolution, they couldn’t, but it didn’t matter to them. Their minds were already made up. “Don’t confuse me with the facts.”
The guest on Focus expressed that what is happening in our post-truth society is that people are elevating FEELINGS above TRUTH. It’s more important to them how they feel about something than whether it is accurate or not.
Truth seems to take a backseat when you listen to some politicians (not all) who are running for office. It doesn’t matter to them that they don’t mean what they say, or that their opinions are not accurate. They seem to tell their listeners what they want to hear instead of telling them the truth.
When asked a direct question about a particular policy, they don’t answer, but use the opportunity to tell you how great they are and how beneficial it will be to elect them. Reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s warning in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, people “will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth…”
Our culture may be trying hard to replace truth with feelings and opinions, but TRUTH will win out. We live in a world of absolutes. Gravity always pulls things downward. Friction also slows things down. Oxygen is always necessary for breathing. Everyone in a symphony recognizes that there is only one middle C.
Everyone is entitled to their own OPINIONS. But not all opinions are valid, or true. I have decided to place my trust in what Jesus has said, “I am the way and the TRUTH and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) I took Jesus at His word and invited Him to come into my heart and be Lord of my life on September 12, 1971. I have found that He always speaks the truth and never leads anyone astray. I hope you’ll invite Him into your life soon.