Faith, Life

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE! OR IS IT?

If you’ve ever been a part of any sort of group, you’ve probably played the game Two Truths and a Lie. It’s a fun. We get to learn obscure facts about others, and we are encouraged to lie. The strategy of the game is what makes it difficult. Do you share your strange but true facts or do you share the commonplace, basic facts? What did the other people in the group do?

Since this is a new blog, I’ll give you a little bit of about me. Five statements are true, five are not. See if you can tell the facts from the fiction!

  1. I have had work done by a plastic surgeon.
  2. I have flown on a tanker while it refueled A-10s.
  3. I am an avid cross stitcher.
  4. I have lived on a Portuguese island.
  5. I speak Portuguese fluently? Fala Português?
  6. My middle name is Elizabeth.
  7. Late Spring is my favorite season.
  8. I enjoy shoveling snow.
  9. I know how to drive a stick shift.
  10. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my favorite.

1, 2, 4, 7, and 8 are true. The rest are very much lies.

How did you do?

It can be hard to decipher between fact and fiction, truth and lies. Sometimes the truth seems hard to believe and the lies seem so plausible.

We live in an age in which lies are readily available. They’re able to be wrapped in pretty, well produced, seemingly credible packages. In the past few weeks, my head has started spinning with all of the information being thrown at us.

Don’t wear a mask. No, you need to wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask.
We need to open up! We need to stay closed!
Be responsible and stay home! Don’t let them restrict your freedoms!
It’s like a flu. It’s much more dangerous than the flu!
The death rate is high! The death rate is not as high as they’re saying.
Only the elderly are high risk. Anyone can get it.
Bat! Lab!

Is your head spinning yet? What do we believe? How do we respond?

I’m so glad you asked because I have all the answers.

Back in 1979, Bill Gates moved Microsoft from Albuquerque to Bellevue, Washington. Why? Because in 1978, he had taken a trip to Carlsbad, and while there he had a rendezvous with Vidip, a powerful being from the planet Pluto (he claimed it was a planet at least.) Vidip instructed Gates to move to Bellevue, Washington because Bellevue means Beautiful View, and Vidip had his sights on Washington, Washington DC. While in Bellevue, Vidip provided Gates with a vial containing enough of an infectious disease to bring the world to its knees and the plan for world domination. His goal? For Pluto receive the recognition it deserves as a planet. As with all beings from Pluto, Vidip has the ability to assume other forms. His most recent form is a human man. You may know him as Dr. Fauci. You don’t need to wear a mask. You don’t need to stay home. Just post, “Pluto is a planet.” and you will be protected from Vidip’s virus.

Okay, so maybe I don’t have all the answers. I’m every bit as confused as the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. I don’t like not knowing who to trust and what to believe. It makes me uncomfortable.

In the midst of the confusion, lets do our best to keep our eyes on what we know is true: God’s Word.

Psalm 119:160 says, “The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.”

Before He was arrested, Jesus prayed for His followers (including all who would follow Him in the future). John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by the truth, Your word is truth.”

In 2 Samuel 7:28, David prayed and in his prayer, he said, “Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth”

God’s Word is true. We can trust it.

In the midst of uncertain, confusing times, lets rest in the truth of God’s Word. Let’s flood our hearts and minds with something that is solid and trustworthy.

While we’re at it, let’s also do our best to speak and post the truth. Ephesians 4:25 says, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”

Whether you think this is a valid threat or that it is overblown, or if you think it occurred naturally or intentionally, whether you wear a mask and stay home or live your life as normal, please do your best to share truth with others. Do your homework before you post. Know your motive before you speak or post.

Ephesians 4: 29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

What is your motive? Is what you are saying or posting helpful or beneficial? What is the desired outcome of the information you’re sharing?

Lets focus on what we know is truth and speak and post what is true!

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