Wednesday, October 26, 2005

What it Truth

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6 (NIV)

Defining truth is an age old question and by observing the actions of leaders and legends in American society it is evident that truth is largely regarded as relative in nature. Truth is made to be convenient, it is shaped to fit an ideal, and it is adjusted to move an agenda but more times than not it is anything but true in the final analysis. The political realm offers startling examples of what people call truth.

On the political left Al Franken is currently peddling a book called The Truth(with jokes). Over the past two years Al Franken has been the star radio personality for a liberal talk radio network called Air America. If one visits the blog at Air America Radio you find various bloggers who carry Franken's primary theme which is the protectors and pruveyors of "truth" Since they have fundamental differences with the current Republican Administration they spend most days talking about the number of lies told by the President on down. These defenders of truth are quick to label anyone who disagrees with their position a liar and in most cases they are not wrong. Has the President lied? Sure, I am quite certain he has lied about any number of issues. Of course the next logical step is to ask: Did Bill Clinton lie about anything? The answer we know to be true is yes he did and he admitted as much to the American people. And there resides the problem: People who claim to defend the truth as long as it suits their agenda.

This is not a leftist problem either. Rush Limbaugh, who is the self proclaimed practioner of all things conservative also assumes the position of "America's Truth Detector" Limbaugh, like Franken, spends three hours a day peddling the "truth" and calling people liars. It so happens that the people he calls liars are all on the opposite side of the political gulf. Limbaugh, like Franken, ignores the rash of falsehoods in his own party. The truth Limbaugh seeks to detect has everything to do with supporting his own agenda.

This spinning of truth is rampant. David Brock, a former right winger turned left winger runs a website called Media Matters which he goes through great pains to debunk the lies of the right in the news. It would seem that Brock has a mission to root out false media stories which benefit the right so the "truth" may be told, yet he seems to ignore similar behavior when it benefits left wing causes. And why should he because websites like offer the same service as Brock only going the other direction.

The bottom line is "truth" is relative. Truth as told in the media has less to do with actual fact and more to do with agenda and motivation. Truth should be based in fact and should stand firm regardless of circumstance or cause. The proclaimation by Christ that He was the truth was earth shattering in the religious culture of His day. In 1st Century Israel truth had also become relative with a Pharisee ruling body who took the infallible Law of God and embellished it with multiple addition which altered the meaning so dramtically, religion ruled the day. Enter Christ who John called the logos which in Greek means "the expression of thought and concept" Christ was the expression and manifestation of the very thoughts of the Godhead, which, if nothing else makes His claim to Deity assured since who alone can be an expression of God's thoughts but God alone. In Christ's claim to be the "truth" we understand that truth is pure, without blemish, everlasting, and without any room for negotiation. And since we understand Christ to embody "truth" we must also realize that truth cannot be made a slave to any man or woman for the purpose of manipulation. Anyone who claims to be the guardian of truth must first bow before the embodiment of all truth, Christ. Truth that is peddled for personal gain or the progress of an agenda sounds awfully familar to the alledged "truth" advertised by Satan himself which ultimately led us all astray.

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