Growing up I can remember when my parents purchased our first computer – we had no internet and mostly just used it to play games. To be honest, my brothers and I had more interest in playing with Legos. Of course, since then technology has come a long way and we are now “plugged in” all the time with our phones, tablets, and even our wrist watches! We are fed with news from all over the world on our TVs, learn about interesting concepts and ideas on podcasts, and of course, read and share information on social media within our network of family, friends, and followers.
With the platforms that we are given today (especially with social media), almost everyone now has access to broadcast their thoughts to wide audiences. But when we read or hear something on the internet, TV, etc., it can be difficult to remember to read with a critical eye or listen with a critical ear and filter opinion from fact or truth. I recently read an article claiming that we are living in a “posttruth” world – meaning, objective facts have become less important than emotional persuasion in cultivating our opinions about something; truth is no longer significant. So, are we letting the things we read and hear sway us, even though they might not be from reliable or truth-bearing sources? Is the louder voice winning our attention just because?
Recently in a meeting, I and the other elders prayed for truth. Second John, verses 7-10 says “Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist! Be on your guard, so that you do not lose what we have worked for, but may receive a full reward”. Luckily, we have a standard for truth, and that is God’s word and the teachings of Jesus Christ. If we are in fact living in a post-truth world, we need to be on guard to protect our faith and hold close to the truth. God is truth – let us share this with others, and pray for truth in all aspects of our lives.