Elusive Truth

It is a source of deep frustration for me that our political system seems bent toward evil. Politicians spend millions and millions of dollars campaigning — with very little regard for truth in the process — so that they can show America how to make better use of our financial resources.

The sheer hypocrisy is overwhelming.

If they spent that much money fighting for the truth, perhaps the cost of campaigns could be justified.` But, having listened to a couple of debates and countless ads, I still find I can do little but guess at what the truth must be.

I’m glad we have so many “fact checkers” these days but I keep wondering why they have so little effect. Has America simply become indifferent to truth?

That is not an idle question for me. Beginning at least as far back as the 60s, it does in fact seem clear that the very idea that truth exists has come to be doubted more and more. Having lost the church and its teachings as the common denominator in ethical and cultural thinking, America and Europe are adrift in many ways.

Frankly, I don’t blame the secularists for this so much as I do the church. If we had been caring more for truth and less for our own authority and status, we would have been serving the world much better and few would have felt such a strong need to reject us.

I’m not naive. I know full well that some folk — perhaps a Christopher Hitchens belongs in this category — are motivated by a hatred of God. We will always have human ego to contend with, both in the church and without.

I can’t help thinking, though, that we who claim to be the children of the Creator have badly failed by not being very creative. We who claim to see with the eyes of the Spirit have not been very insightful. We think we have immersed ourselves in the wisdom of God have not been very wise. So creative, insightful, wise people have tended to show little interest in the church.

How long has it been since we have produced a Bach? The church in Europe has given us a Barth and a Bonhoeffer, a Stott and a Wright. What about the church in America? Years ago Richard Foster wrote in Celebration of Discipline that what we need is people of greater depth. Foster has worked hard to help us become just that, as have people like Eugene Peterson and Henri Nouwen, but we’ve barely begun.

O Lord, move us farther along your path. Teach us your ways and create in us a whole new depth of Christlikeness of character. Please, Lord.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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2 Responses to Elusive Truth

  1. playfulpups says:

    I agree with your observation of “fact checkers”. They are in abundance, yet it doesn’t seem to stop some (politicians or otherwise) from skewing the truth, or out and out lying. It’s a shame, really, that all people don’t have a natural instinct to be good, do good, and promote goodness. I do have faith, however, that there are still a great many out there that believe in good…

    • mthayes42 says:

      Thanks for the note. Like you, I know there are many people who care about the truth. So few of them, though, seem to be in positions of power. Long ago, Socrates said that the only reason a good person would run for office was to keep the bad person out of office.

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