Saturday, February 11, 2017

Truth is always truth

When I was a little girl, and first began to understand complicated language, I loved stories. And...I was more than a bit of a liar. This is a sad reality of my childhood. I liked to tell stories about things. I stretched truth to make me more interesting, to get out of trouble, to hide things.
When I was caught, though, caught red-handed, as the saying goes, my mother would say, "You are lying to me."
And my response to her was often, "I'm not lying, I'm telling you fiction."
As clever as I thought this was, this did not help my cause. My mother had not been born yesterday.
Later, as a teenager, I became convicted that my 'fiction-telling' was wrong, not simply when I got caught but because TRUTH is right. And Jesus said, "I am the TRUTH." My life had to--has to--revolve around TRUTH.

What is truth?
This is a question we should all be asking ourselves in this new reality we find ourselves since January 20th. If we live in the United States, it's almost like we've been dropped into Shakespeare's play, Taming of A Shrew. Do you know that play? Though it's often performed (I've seen it twice in the last decade--once in a beautiful setting in on the beach in Vancouver, British Columbia) the overall theme might be questionable to women today. But let's not worry about that right now. I merely want to talk about the moments where Petruchio and Katharina are on their way back to her father's house, and have this conversation (Hortensio is a servant) :
PETRUCHIO
Come on, i' God's name; once more toward our father's.
Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
KATHARINA
The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now.
PETRUCHIO
I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
KATHARINA
I know it is the sun that shines so bright.
PETRUCHIO
Now, by my mother's son, and that's myself,
It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
Or ere I journey to your father's house.
Go on, and fetch our horses back again.
Evermore cross'd and cross'd; nothing but cross'd!
HORTENSIO
Say as he says, or we shall never go.
KATHARINA
Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:
An if you please to call it a rush-candle,
Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
PETRUCHIO
I say it is the moon.
KATHARINA
I know it is the moon.
PETRUCHIO
Nay, then you lie: it is the blessed sun.
KATHARINA
Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun:
But sun it is not, when you say it is not;
And the moon changes even as your mind.
What you will have it named, even that it is;
And so it shall be so for Katharina.

Doesn't this sound familiar? It does to me. It rings of alternative facts. Whatever he says goes. That's the moral of this moment, the slippery road.

But it isn't Truth.
I was reminded by a good friend this morning (thanks, Jmas) of these words of Jesus: "You say I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." John 18:37
We know truth. We do. It doesn't shift like sands in the Sahara during a wind storm. It is firm ground beneath us. The sun is always the sun is always the sun. The moon is always the moon.

Yes, truth is always truth.
The thing is, we are beginning to wonder if we can trust what we hear or read from the media. And though I am certain there are biases, I believe that most people in this profession are good, hard-working, professionals who want to do the best job they can--which is, in their case, tell us what is happening around our country and the world on a daily basis. I have a daughter in this job, and know others like her. They are so dedicated to truth, to unbiased truth.

So remember this. And remember that the sun is always the sun, and the moon is always the moon.

We follow the one who is the baseline for Truth. He is the measurement. "I am writing to you," John said in his epistle, "not because you do not know the truth. No lie comes from the truth."
Amen.

1 comment:

Carol L said...

More people should read this - like our legislative representatives and our President along with his cabinet. I think you ought to email this to them.

I thank God for you who has Truth living inside of you and can't help but share Truth and the truth!