Last June, I posted “More Than Truth” about how the media are “trying hard to weaponize you and I” with their own particular, filtered versions of what they call truth. Proverbs 14:21 says “Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor,” yet we are bombarded by stories grouping people into neighbors we should love and those we shouldn’t because they’re somehow causing the problems of the world through their political or other affiliation. I struggle with the right balance, and I know others do as well, especially when the voices get louder. The “Us vs. Them” mentality is everywhere, and while I generally stay away from commenting on daily news flow on this blog, this one couldn’t wait until Rewind Wednesday.
How should the gospel of the kingdom of God impact how we live in this bitter and chaotic environment? Please read “More Than Truth” which is linked below, which makes a case that we must prioritize some truths over others, and that we also must not allow ourselves to “weaponized” by particular versions of truth. Proverbs 14:20 – “The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends.” – is as true as Proverbs 14:21, but it too can weaponize if taken out of context and used as a prescription, not just a description. “The wrong truth can make us despise our neighbor, or to support the wrong gospel.”
Don’t let the daily roar of news distract you from the love God has for you and for the people you will interact with face-to-face today. Instead, pray that you may bring the eternal love of God into the pain of today’s world in a very real way.
Eternity matters, but life is hard. Therefore encourage each other today!