Know what you believe
Truth is freedom while lies keep us in bondage.
This is why we must fight for the truth.
It is OK to know the truth about a lie. If we know that someone is lying, at least we can accept or reject the lie.
In our age, accepting lies is not abnormal. We can see the truth on videos and listen while people lie about what they see.
We are so accepting of lies that we no longer believe the truth is worth fighting for.
This isn’t positive.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge” (Hosea 4:6a, NKJV).
Lack of knowledge is self-defeating. Neglecting truth is equal to accepting lies. Hiding from the truth doesn’t make it untrue. We should be willing to learn the truth we want to accept or deny. This would mean we were not suffering from deception.
There are two sides to every story. The only true story is the actual story in organic form. Telling lies are the new normal of this decade. Fake news owns social media and the internet. Politics is no exception. Both parties – spinning insults, sharing half-truths, and hoping for a big win.
Yes, Fox News has a story. CNN, MSNBC, and other networks carry the same stories. It is interesting to watch each network spin their story to match their narrative. The major networks fit their stories into their political view. This trend forms their tribe. The tribe unites and forms units of camaraderie, support, and validates the views of the tribe.
Lies rule our newsrooms, the headlines, and the lives of those who believe them. Lies form beliefs, create lifestyles, and generate fortunes. The opposing view believes the other side is brainwashed.
And sometimes it’s true. I used to believe no one wants to be a victim of brainwashing.
I no longer think this is true.
So, what is the truth?
The Oxford Dictionary defines “truth” as “following a fact or reality.” So, to state it plainly, truth corresponds with that which is real or certain. Do we care about the actual story? If we cared about the actual story, we would seek the truth and bypass the lies that benefit the political narrative. Do we care about the murdered kids in Chicago, or do we care about the narrative that drives our political beliefs?
In these times, the truth is whatever is considered true. The real truth is defined as “reality.” So, knowing the true story is hearing the real story. The only truth is the actual first-hand story.
Do we care about the lies generated from Congress, House of Representatives, and the White House? They all have a spin and a narrative.
Who is losing? The American people. Especially those without the full story. The uninformed are more impressionable than the informed. What we do not know, separates us from knowing the whole truth. If truth has a source and it does, then knowing “that source” is the only actual truth.
We live in times when the truth is an enemy and lies are our friends.
Truth is rare.
The lies we believe
I believe in the press, writers, authors, and journalists. I strongly believe in freedom of speech. But, once a reporter, writer, or news agency shows up, the story will begin to spin (sometimes for the better). Freedom of speech has its challenges. Anyone can say anything. Just check your social media stream.
Some say there are good lies and bad lies, right? Well, yes and no. There are good lies, but any lying is not good. Some search for the facts of the story.
Do we want to know the facts? Some do. Most would rather believe a lie.
It’s easier to accept everything we believe. Right?
There is a plumb-line
This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people.” Amos 7:7–8, (NIV)
Without a plumb-line, there is no way to measure what is straight, level, true, or correct.
The plumb-line establishes both the beginning and the end result.
If the cornerstone was set properly, the stonemasons ensured that all the other corners of the building would be at the appropriate angles as well. Thus, the cornerstone became a symbol for that which held life together.
What is holding us together?
We are not sure. It was once the truth. But the truth is now relative. Truth is only real if it is relative to the one who believes it is true.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise. (Proverbs 12:15, NKJV).
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. Proverbs 16:2, (NKJV)
Are we there? Are we only right because we believe ourselves?
On April 8, 1966, on its cover, Time Magazine asked, “Is God Dead? The original cover story was “about the state of the church and the deity of God.”
The last four decades have witnessed the rejection of truth.
Some may never accept the truth, but there will always be the truth because God will always be God.
And that is what keeps the truth alive.
No matter what others may believe.
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