Turn on the TV: lies. Read a book: lies. Listen to the radio: lies. Observe the thoughts that come out of your head and out of your heart: lies.
It’s tough, this life. Reality is so under appreciated, fantasy so coveted. We humans are so very willing to believe whatever decorated little theory that purports to give us a truth corresponding to what we desire. We constantly seek to redefine and recreate reality in our own image, and after our own depraved hearts. Itching ears abound, and there is surely no shortage of teachers to give them what they want to hear.
Truly has the Lord spoken:
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:8
Do any among you doubt this? Hear the prophet Isaiah:
“For our transgressions are multiplied before you,
and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
and we know our iniquities:
transgressing, and denying the LORD,
and turning back from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.
Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.
Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.”
– Isaiah 59:12-15a
Truly, our commission to spread the gospel to all nations is a fight against all odds as lies mount against us. Therefore brothers and sisters in Christ, arm yourselves with the truth, praying to God always for a discerning mind to rightly divide what is fact from what is fiction.
Good Lord grant this to us all,