I recently discovered the Merriam-Webster word of the year, truthiness, which has as definition #2, “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.”
We hear a lot about truth these days. In a rape trial with little evidence, we are asked if the prosecutor is really pursuing the truth or pursuing a conviction. In politics we hear the most astonishing explanations about how a false statement really meant something else. Churches contend and split because men twist truth so that their sins might not be called sins. Even at home, it can be impossible to discern what happened from two peoples’ explanations of what went on. Everybody seems to want the truth, unless of course it is inconvenient or looks bad, in which case what they really want is the modified version of the truth.
But that which is not the physical, bald truth is simply a lie. There’s no getting around it. I might desperately want Christ to have been vegetarian, it might fit perfectly with all his message, but he wasn’t. To assert it would be a lie. My choice is between truth and truthiness, between what is and what I want to be.
Our time is a time of lies. The Lord stands against this, as should his church. If you’re going to be a Christian, let your fidelity be to the truth.
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Rev 21:8 – emphasis mine, of course).