Our Bible verse for today: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who consider themselves wise and judge themselves clever.” Isaiah 5:20-21
Our thought for today: “Tell the truth when it come to caring for God’s creation.”
We’ve covered some tough subjects recently as we’ve continued to think Biblically about caring for our Father’s world. Just in the last ten days we’ve had difficult and complicated discussions about the use of fossil fuels, as well as the blessings and problems that come from our use of plastics, and what to do with the tons of waste we produce each year, and also about climate change. Yesterday we considered the great deception that is being promoted by the creators of “The Green New Deal”. I pointed out that their initiative is actually a Trojan Horse designed to deceitfully implement socialist economic policies in the guise of environmentalism.
However, on the other side of the coin, we’ve also considered the problem of “climate change deniers”. These are people (usually on the political right) who ignore the clear evidence of good science and instead insist that climate change isn’t real, that it’s a conspiracy being perpetrated by left-wing environmental extremists. I likened such people as being members of “The Flat Earth Society”. I also explained that if we as Christians join that crowd, it makes us appear silly and unserious in our thinking, and that diminishes our Christian witness as we try to share the truth of the Gospel with a lost world.
Whether you’re on the political left or right, whether you are liberal or conservative, it’s important to simply tell the truth. Don’t stretch it, don’t exaggerate or embellish, don’t deceive or manipulate. Like Sergeant Joe Friday from the old television series Dragnet was fond of saying, “The facts ma’am, just the facts.”
In Isaiah 5:20-21 the prophet was writing about those who lie, mislead, and deceive. They twist the facts to suit themselves and to promote their own agenda. Usually they begin with a kernel of truth, but then they exaggerate, embellish, and mislead people into believing that the truth is something other than what it really is. That could include trying to convince people that the situation is worse than it is, or that it is better than it is. It includes those who try to convince the rest of us that environmentally the sky is falling, when it isn’t. And it also includes those who try to convince us that there is no problem at all, when there clearly is.
Don’t let your emotions or political leanings distort your thinking or lead you to misrepresent the situation. Just tell the truth.