Seeing straight in a time of name-calling, controversy and spin

We live in controversial times. Race riots make the news, big internet companies are accused of suppressing speech, ‘identity politics’ is all over the place, environmental laws seem to get sidelined for economic gain, and there are random shootings in public places…

Part of the problem with these hot-button issues is all the rhetoric and spin. Plus, the internet has given people louder voices and bigger platforms to convince you that their ideas are the best.

So in light of extremism, information overload, rhetoric and spin, how do we know the truth and act in a Christ-centred way?

First, know that truth is defined by Jesus. 

Jesus comes full of “grace and TRUTH” (John 1:14), is “the way and the TRUTH and the life” (John 14:6), and if you follow his teachings you will “know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set you free” (John 8:32).

So in and through it all we ask ourselves: What does Jesus or the Bible teach about this?

Second, we act in a loving way because Jesus compels us to love.

He says we are to “LOVE one another” (John 13:34), and to “LOVE your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).

So in and through it all we also ask ourselves: How can I be more loving toward others in the midst of this?

At the top of the steep and bumpy driveway at our family homestead, there is a huge railway spike in a rock. In the old days a team of horses would pull up a threshing machine at harvest time. But the driveway was so steep and bumpy that the horses and wagon could stall, go into the ditch, or crash. So close to the top, the wagon was tied off to the railway spike. It was a way to make the horses and wagon were permanently secure when things got dicey.

In a time of extremism, information overload, rhetoric and spin, that’s what the truth and love of Christ are to you and me: Our railway spike. They keep us permanently secure and on the right path when things get dicey.

By Matthew Ruttan

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