It’s official. We’re living in a “post-truth” world. I completely blame the media for creating and perpetuating “good stories” that are grounded in falsehoods, but we’ve seen more recently that people challenged with leading this nation are stating deceptions as facts. Maybe that’s widely accepted as the way things are these days. Maybe smart people know to fact check and test what you hear.
I once had a friend tell me that people will search for things only until they find what they were looking for. If you are looking to perpetuate a sentiment, based on truth or lies, you’ll find what you’re looking for to back yourself up. He was absolutely right.
Maybe because I’ve always been a skeptic at heart… maybe because it’s part of my perfectionistic personality that I need to know truth. Either way, I think truth matters. No… I know truth matters.
As a mom, truth matters. When my son tells me he showered and washed his hair, but his hair is dry… That matters. I send him back in to try again.
Truth matters in everyday situations. If you were to get into a car accident and the driver of the other car blamed you, you’d want to find the truth and prove it somehow, right?
So, not everything is post-truth. We still occasionally see the value of truth. But when it comes to making super important decisions that shape our nation and lives personally, we seem to gloss over truths to make ourselves feel confident in our opinions.
I’m mostly disturbed when people I look up to veer from the truth. Recently, a couple of Christian authors I’ve been following have come forward with views that contradict what the Bible says on one topic specifically. I don’t even want to discuss the topic because I’m not sure how much it really matters in the grand scheme of things.
What matters is that these authors are telling their followers to follow their hearts and to search for truth within themselves. That’s not where truth comes from, friends. Truth comes from outside of us. If I ask my son to look within himself to find out what 2+2 is, he won’t find the answer unless he has been taught it. And he must hold tightly to that answer for the rest of his life. That answer won’t be affected by time or culture.
I admit that not everything is black and white. That time and culture do change things in the world around us. But this remains: The truth is out there. It can’t be found within ourselves. Our feelings and thoughts must be tested against what is true and right in this world. And when it comes to spiritual matters the truth is found in His word. And you know what? Sometimes the truth hurts. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us or forgive us when we stray from it.
But come on, we know these catch phrases. Why do we still tend to trust whatever makes us feel good?
In the end, it really is truth that sets you free. Not the other way around. Free from guilt, from the responsibility of having to figure it all out yourself. Find the truth and follow it to live a full life. Believe me, that’s huge.