Due to an outbreak of fake news, news, political and social media sites are hiring fact checkers to decipher truth from fiction. However, if one worldview does not belief in absolute truth, distinguishing opinions from reality becomes challenging. Unfortunately, this pursuit for truth often ends up in a he said, she said dispute.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, Ephesians 6:14.
One of the first sermons I ever heard on the Armor of God has stuck with me. The pastor was using the analogy of getting dressed. Unless you enjoy wearing tight clothes or have gained weight around the waist, pants require a belt to stay on. Yet, if you become careless, lazy or negligent, you can get caught with your pants down. This occurs when you embrace false statements that on the surface appear to be true.
And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth,” 1 Kings 17:24.
There is a fine line between seeing and believing. Yet, anyone who consistently demonstrates a pattern of integrity will eventually earn the respect of outsiders. The woman in the account above may have heard about Elijah, but his actions won her over. Subsequently, if you want to pursue truth beware of rhetoric. Rather, take your time, examine the whole context and test what you hear using biblical principles to ascertain truth.
by Jay Mankus