THIS IS THE TRUTH
We all search the headlines of the newspapers for the truth but I hope we’ve learned that not all the news is fit to print. Some of it is suspect for accuracy! My own journalistic training taught me the importance of validity and the importance of listing the facts, not my own opinion. True journalism is almost a lost art today because most (if not all) reporters cleverly weave their opinions into a story and give us more than the facts. They present their own view of the facts. This is a flawed process that nearly always leaves out vital elements. It’s not just conjecture that there is a “hidden agenda” with the media today. The notion has proven itself repeatedly.
Some radio talk show hosts have their own way to twist the truth to meet their own agendas. How they do this is a part of their audience appeal. If you listen to them like I do, you must also learn to ferret out the true from the false. Don’t believe everything you hear.
I would rather watch live news than anything on tape. This is why I tend to watch the early morning news as opposed to the evening “filtered” news. Not only have I heard early morning anchors tell the truth but I have also found them more human and sometimes funny. Even then, I learned a long time ago, not to believe everything I see on television.
Who doesn’t tell the truth on the internet? I remember the days before the internet explosion. It wasn’t that long ago. Thank God for the internet because it is a great treasure trove of information. Every day, I surf the web and look for new nuggets of truth for the ministry of the Lord. But some of the nuggets are tarnished and turn out to be fool’s gold. It seems like I find myself checking out the “strange but true” sections more than I probably should. Why would these well meaning people lie to me?
Why would anyone advertise a product that doesn’t do what it claims? We know the answer to that question and we know that products without number fail the test of advertising the truth!
The roots of lies have also grown into our justice system! I’ve seen it myself. I know of a practicing attorney that recently lied to a district judge while court was in session. This is not conjecture on my part since I have first hand knowledge of certain events. Neither the attorney or his client cared that they knowingly lied to the judge. The judge herself didn’t seem to care. Why did we let it go so far?
Isn’t everything a conspiracy to one degree or another? Did we really land on the moon? Who killed JFK? Is there life on Mars? Is Obama the Antichrist? What really happened on 9-1-1? How real is the paranormal? The questions are countless and new ones are raised every day.
Suppose there was a man or woman who believed everything. He believes everything the paper says, whatever the radio talk show hosts say, anything he sees on television, and soaks up the internet as a sponge soaks up water by accepting every item he gets his hands on. Whew! I feel sorry for that man. It’s time for the real mythbusters to expose the truth.
While an estimated 74 percent of Americans strongly agree that "there is only one true God, who is holy and perfect, and who created the world and rules it today," an estimated 65 percent either strongly agree or somewhat agree with the assertion that "there is no such thing as absolute truth." Christianity Today, September 16, 1991, p. 48, from George Barna, The Barna Report: What Americans Believe, 1991.
Though this may sound like fiction, there are more people like this than we imagine. Many have fallen into the “trap”, even Christians. They are not the first and they won’t be the last. It was already happening in Paul’s time, before the advent of TV, radio, the printed word, or the internet. Paul warned believers against it.
“…whatsoever things are true…think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
There are so many distractions, so many other things to think about. How can we clear out our thinking process? I know that failure in this area results in unhealthy cluttering in my life and that’s not what the Lord wants for me.
What is true?
Knowing what is true will help me understand the types of things God wants me thinking about. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines true as something not partly true but completely true, as not concealing anything. There goes the false advertising on the internet that offers a free product as long as you buy something. The truth is often buried beneath all the lies.
Truth is also the real or the genuine thing as opposed to the image of something that is only partly true. Perhaps this is another way of saying, “the truth, the whole truth and no thing but the truth.“ It reaches beyond our personal opinions, perceptions, cultural, political or religious boundaries. Either it’s true or it isn’t.
Yet, truth often finds itself twisted beyond recognition. Men transform the truth into lies or half truths. They did it in Bible times and they still do it today.
Now we find ourselves surrounded by efforts to filter the truth with the use of improper thoughts. Who and what can we believe? Is the truth out there? It’s important that everything we say be based on the truth. Christian, it is time to “get real”.
“He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.” John 3:33
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.” John 8:14
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life….” John 14:6
Notice that Jesus didn’t say He was a truth or one of many truths or even a convenient truth. He claimed to be the truth, period. Either He was telling the truth or not. I don’t happen to believe that Jesus lied and the testimony of history bears this out. Yes, this is the real thing.
“…thy word is truth.” John 17:17
This tells us the Bible is true and those who deliver the true message of God are also true. It means the precepts of Scripture are true without question. They are not cunningly devised fables! The same cannot be said of books that contain truth, etc. They may be right or wrong. God’s Word, however, is 100% right all of the time, providing you have chosen a Bible that came to us from truth seeking men concerned about preserving the truth of God for future generations.
Here lies the danger. The things we think about turn us into what we are. If we constantly place ourselves around liars, we become liars too. Our hearts become obsessed with these things and as a man thinketh in his heart so is he. Allowing ourselves the constant influence of half-truths transforms us into believers of lies and it becomes even harder to find the truth. The corrupt lifestyles of our “friends” find themselves adopted by us too. On the other hand, surrounding ourselves with truth has an opposite effect.
“…let God be true, but every man a liar…” Romans 3:4
Of course, this speaks about men who created their own ideas about nature, religion and God. Whether or not they believed God, it didn’t change His truth.
The fact remains that we are more easily influenced than we admit. Those in the media have learned that if they want something accepted as truth (even if it is a lie) all you have to do is repeat it until people believe it!
And what young lady hasn’t been approached with this line: “If you love me, you’ll …..” ?
This is another reason why God hates gossip. At best, this is a half-truth that is embellished by more half-truth and bent on destruction. Gossip beacons cause us to think on things that are not true. No wonder God hates it.
Think on these things…
We may spend too much time thinking about the wrong things. Rather than taking time to read God’s Word, we spend more time reading the newspaper. Instead of going to church, we find ourselves watching TV. The internet finds itself used for wasted time rather than a search for the truth. We surround ourselves with gossipers and not those who search the Scriptures.
Let’s be honest today. This is what God wants us to do. Failure? I find too many fingers pointing at myself to condemn you! The times we are entering before the return of our Lord dictate the urgent need for us to think about the right things, the true things.
“Whatsoever things are true…think on these things.” Philippians 4:8