Discerning the truth these days can be very difficult. One channel will tell you it is a wonderful day for the beach and life is good; the next will tell you it is going to rain cats and dogs and you must hunker down. One or both of them are lying or deliberately misleading you. If we use logic, reason, facts, and data, we can begin to unravel the lies and determine what is true and who are the truth tellers. If we can expose the hypocrisy, the double standards, the false narratives, the hidden motives, and the outright lies, we can understand what is really going on. If we can show how silly and unreasonable (often insane) are the positions which many pass along as common knowledge, then we can liberate ourselves and others. If we examine history, what was said or what happened yesterday, last week, a year ago, or long ago, we can understand how the truth is manipulated and changed. Here is a fact many already realize: they (our public figures) are lying to you openly and brazenly, over and over and over. They know that many will see through their lies, but they don’t care. Their lies are effective and they are generally not held accountable for them. Playing the game is fun. Winning the game is all that matters. The game today is politics and politics has encroached on everything.
Those watching the game only need an open mind. We already know we can’t trust many of our public figures; we know something is wrong, but we don’t know exactly which are the lies and which the truth. We choose who we will trust, but we may not choose wisely. We are unsure if we should believe, but the carefully crafted lie seems like the obvious truth. We must be skeptical. If we scratch the surface even a little bit, the lies fall apart. But effort is required. They are counting on you to not look any further. We can’t simply root for those wearing our jersey (political party, religious affiliation, school, etc.). We have to follow the truth where it leads. We have to think for ourselves. We have to expose the lies and share the truth with others. If we know the truth, we will do the right thing more times than not. If we don’t know the truth, we will follow those who manipulate our opinions to further their own interests. There are too many lies, and too many out for themselves.
Rep. Alexandria Cassio-Cortez, a highly feted and highly ridiculous public figure, said: Facts don’t matter when you’re morally right. Perhaps she is well intentioned, but how can she be certain she is morally right if not sure of the facts? Such shoddy thinking is rampant today, perhaps due to a failed education system, one that does not prioritize children.
I don’t need to tell you about me and the details of my life. I am a regular person with a regular job and a family with two children; I write this blog in my spare time. I only want to share my goal and why it matters. I don’t want to tell you what to think. I want to share enough with you, so you can make informed decisions. You may have heard only one side of the story. I want to tell you more of the story. I want to share the facts, the data, the history. I want to provide the logic behind the arguments, both mine and theirs. You can then decide what is true and what is not.
We all want to “do something” to make things better. I write this blog first because I love to write, but also because it is my small part of doing something. People demand that others do something. If politicians “do something” it is probably something which will make things worse, not better. They do something to relieve the pressure, not to fix the problem. God gives each of us the ability to discern our role. He desires you to find your role. He says if you seek it, you will find it. Many don’t bother to seek. They demand from others instead. Find your role and make a positive difference. Mother Teresa said: Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. Do your part and do it well. Commit to it daily. Together, we can make a positive difference.
There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts . . . In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy. You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27