Dec. 9 - Exploring Truth, Part 2
We are living in a time when emotion and opinion often override facts and truth. This led to Oxford Dictionaries selecting “post-truth” as the international word of the year in 2016.
Post-truth: truth may exist but it takes a backseat to public opinion; circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.
This sounds a lot like what we witness in the news and the world today, but it isn’t a new phenomenon. The post-truth era was pervasive even at the time of Jesus's birth.
Matthew 2:1-3 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
Matthew 2:16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
Herod was less concerned with the fact that the son of God had been born here on earth than he was with the fear that a new king may overthrow him. Rather than risk any threat to his power, he simply had all of Bethlehem’s infant sons put to death.
This sounds insane to us, but if we look back in our lives we will likely find many times when we put our comfort, preferences, or opinions above what the Lord wanted from us. God calls us to community with other believers, but some weeks we’d rather sleep in on Sunday. God created sex for a husband and wife, but sometimes we don’t want to wait until that commitment has been made. God asks us to be generous with what he has given us, but we’d rather spend our money on temporary comforts.
Setting aside God’s will for our momentary pleasures and emotions can be an easy pattern to fall into. Be careful. Despite what our culture and media tell us, our preferences and opinions aren’t the most important thing. Take a hard look at your life and the choices you make. Is Jesus more important to you than your personal beliefs, preferences and desires?
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. – C. S. Lewis