Words like hacking, meddling, and collusion are making headlines in various media markets every day. All these words share a common mission, which is to interfere with and influence political outcomes. God only knows to what degree the interference impacted the outcomes, but one thing is for sure, the intent was to give someone leverage over an opponent. The age-old adage that the ends justify the means is another example of how far our culture has drifted from another adage: two wrongs never make a right. Wrong is wrong regardless of how many “50 shades of grey” are painted.
I’ve lived long enough to know that life is complex and taking a simplistic view that everything is black or white may sound right but can be wrong. In other words, there are some moral principles that are higher than others, and the higher principle justifies a practice. A case in point from scripture was when Rahab hid the 12 spies. She broke the “law of the land” but carried out a higher moral law by protecting God’s people. Do the names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ring a bell? They refused to bow down to King Nebuchaddnezar, but the God-given law of not bowing to any graven image trumped the law of the land in Babylon. How about the words of the Apostles of the first century Church? “We must obey God rather than men.”
If you read my blog last week it may appear that I am using double speak since last week focused on the importance of telling the truth. This week I’m suggesting that God’s moral law must always supersede fallen man’s flawed law that is often based on false premises. So where does all of this fit into what we see playing out in the 24-hour news cycles that bombard the airways with slanted, biased views shared with an intent to mislead and meddle? My message this week is simple. The social, political, and cultural climate is so toxic it’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. People’s words are often taken out of context, twisted with the intent to deceive, and interpreted with a biased ideology.
So here are 10 suggestions for sifting through the “spin” and settling on the “right side of history.”
- When scripture is clear about what is right, the “politically correct” view is wrong.
- Practices often change, but principles never do. Know the difference.
- Those who fail to learn from history are bound to repeat it, so ask the question, “Is history repeating itself?”
- Love is the greatest thing and serving/helping people is always better than serving self.
- The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, so beware when the pursuit of power and possessions is guided by the alternate “golden rule,” which is defined as “He who has the gold, rules.”
- God has a soft spot in his heart for children, the poor, the broken, and the disenfranchised. Be sure your heart matches his. Don’t become hardened to what some may consider the “little” people.
- God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. Remember the Titanic was not supposed to sink, Rome was never supposed to burn, and Goliath was supposed to crush David. So, when you think you stand, take heed lest you fall.
- Remember the rules of the kingdom of God are opposite of man’s: the way up is down; the way to receive is to give; the last shall be first and the first shall be last…
- Find ways to get quiet in order to hear the still, small voice of God. It’s his voice we need to listen to, and that voice can easily be drowned out by the noise and chaos of our world.
- When all is said and done, every word, deed, and motive will be evaluated by God the righteous judge. Until then beware of the magicians with the sleight of hand and the smooth talkers with the sharp tongues. It’s becoming more and more difficult to discern the real from the fake.
Lord, you know we live in a time when the spirit of evil is working overtime to distort and pollute all that is right and true. Keep our hearts pure, our eyes on you and our ear listening to your voice. Help us to walk straight in a crooked world. Amen!