When truth is lost error grows exponentially in many different directions. We are watching the consequences of the loss of truth playing out in our nation. As a result, powerful people and businesses compete to control information as if it is a commodity of consumerism.
Information alone does not create knowledge – that requires wisdom to take accurate information of real facts and produce knowledge of what is true. Careful investigations take time, discipline, dedication, and integrity. Instant tweets, pictures, and videos from a variety of vantage points all dumped into social media do not produce knowledge. It takes more work to arrive at truth. We would do well to remember that when combing through all the instant information looking to make sense of it.
I understand in a world where we do not trust the professional journalists and investigators that we would want to look for alternative sources of information. But sometimes those who try to fill in the gap are simply not equipped to handle the burden of suddenly becoming an expert in investigative research and reporting.
In these trying times it is imperative to practice patience, pausing before believing the latest meme claiming to have the real truth which fits neatly on a digital square. What is true would fill more than a book and still we would have unanswered questions. We can have partial information instantly, but truth takes time. Knowledge requires patience.
Another loss of truth is in theology. There is a great deal of reactionary theology going on today. We witness the ugly results of one theological extreme and we pull hard the other way to avoid being like the ones we critique only to fall into the ditch on the other side. Case in point, I hear people react to extremism in support of the President with a denouncing of what gets termed “Christian nationalism” or “white nationalism.” As I have written before, at length, nationalism has no color. However, the very concept of nationhood comes from Judeo-Protestant theology. We cannot eschew nationalism without embracing a non-biblical theology destructive to modern nations.
We do not have to be philosophers or theologians to have a worldview. It is that collection of knowledge and experience that forms the filter of how we interpret the world around us.
Worldviews have large and small components. They are both shared with the group, and unique to the individual. For instance, one can have a Christian worldview, and yet think very differently than other Christians. One can even have a Christian worldview and not be a Christian. Having a Christian worldview could mean that Christian thinking has influenced our minds, either by living in a Christianized culture, or by having parents that were shaped by a Christian environment. Much of the Western world has been influenced by the Bible.
On the flip side, a secular non-Christian worldview may be the greater influence over our thinking. We may have latched on more to what we were taught in public education than what we were taught at home. Alternatively, maybe we grew up glued to the television and our worldview became shaped by Hollywood. Perhaps, our politics become the lens we use interpret Scripture, instead of Scripture being the lens by which interpret politics. Continue reading
The primary tactic of the enemy is deceit. It seems that the enemy has, by and large, convinced Christians that we cannot discern truth. In so doing, he has crippled our ability to trust the Holy Spirit to lead us in all truth. Here is how this has been done.
Christians are afraid of being misled by worldly media outlets. We have labeled them secular and liberal and believe we cannot receive any truth from them. Therefore we reject it, and in the rejecting we create our own news sources. These “Christian” news sources find stories that interest its readership and presents the news intermixed with Christian opinion upon the topics.
However, Christians keep a wall between what we believe to be secular and what we believe pertains to faith. Our news interests mostly pertain to violations of freedom to be outwardly Christian. Our Christian news sources look for these stories, and if there are not current stories to pull from, we reuse older stories. We have become so inundated with our specialized news that we marvel when the mainstream news did not tell us of the high school student who couldn’t pray in Jesus name at his football game. Continue reading