I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (ESV)
Donald Trump was inaugurated a week ago, and since he was elected we’ve heard proclamations that Donald Trump is “Not my president.” Black America Web, New York Times and others have called for people not to call Donald Trump “President,” and then suddenly he magically won’t be in the highest office in the nation.
Well, you can call Donald Trump “not the president” all you want, but he’s still sitting in the White House right now, signing executive orders and doing a pretty decent job running the country. It turns out that when he signs a bill into law that affects you, you can’t just pretend it doesn’t exist.
This all stems from the idea that truth is relative: truth doesn’t actually exist, and instead it’s all just based on how people perceive the world. The sky is only blue because people generally agree that it is.
This idea is complete and utter nonsense, especially because people disagree. And what do we do when two people disagree? Well, we should look at facts to determine which side is true, or we should dismiss both sides as opinions and carry on being friends.
Another issue with taking your perception as the truth over facts is that perception can change. Any number of things, from drugs to events to opinions, can change the way you see everything in the world. If the verifiable facts contradict your perception, it generally means your perception is being altered.
That kind of thinking also allows you to alter your own perception to your own convenience. For example, the Donald Trump situation again. Some people want so badly for Trump not to be president that they’re willing to alter their own perception to make it not so. But what happens when they can no longer do so? What happens when policy changes he makes affect them and therefore affect their perception? Eventually, people will have to come to terms with reality.
Some things simply are objectively true. The fact that I am typing this blog, for instance, is objectively true. The fact that you are reading it is objectively true. We know both of these things because of the verifiable facts that the words I’ve typed are now visible on your screen and the fact that you are now reading them and taking them in. To say that I never wrote this post, or that you did not read it, defies all logic and sense of reason.
Many people have an idea of what the world is like, and they bend the facts and use them to fit their own narrative. Instead, the facts themselves should twist and shape our idea of what the world is. Indeed, the facts should determine how we view the narrative; the narrative shouldn’t determine how we view the facts.
At the end of the day, we should embrace the idea that we are not the ultimate deciders of what is true. After all, we are all sinners, and in our hands the truth would simply collapse into a pile of dust as we see now in the media. Instead, we as Christians should allow God to show us what is true, through things that are objective and plainly visible to us.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Romans 1:19-20 (ESV)
Just something to think about.