Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hate the Spin, Love the Spinner

For those who have read Jonathan Merritt's "spinning" essay in USA Today, one would do well to read Wes Kenney's artful response.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Truth Claims

I received this email today. One of many such that bring a smile and chuckle. Of course, all the points were separated by long spaces that cause us to scroll down to see what’s next. You’ve seen them. We all get them. I’ve taken out the spaces to save time and space.

“6 Truths of Life
1. You cannot touch all your top teeth with your tongue.
2. All idiots, after reading the first truth, will try it.
3. And discover that The first truth is a lie.
4. You're smiling now because you're an idiot.
5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.
6. There's still a stupid smile on your face.
I apologize about this .
I'm an idiot too and I needed company ..”

After I chuckled a bit (and groaned) I thought about what it was really saying. And I realized that none of those six are true except, possibly, #3. Then I came up with a real truth: One who tests truth claims is not an idiot, but actually very wise.

No, one is not an idiot for testing the tongue touching teeth. Testing is what we do with truth claims. That is one of the reasons Paul commended the Bereans because they went to the Word of God to test his truth claims.

Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

We live in a world today that thinks of itself as Postmodern. Postmodernism basically rejects all truth claims because it doesn’t accept the proposition that there is such a thing as absolute truth. That’s the wrong response. The proper response to a truth claim is not to reject it outright, but to test it by the standard of absolute truth—the Word of God.

John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Now there's a great truth claim! What will you do with it?