During my senior year of college, I became president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at the University of Delaware. With any type of leadership position, there are numerous responsibilities that you must face and fulfill. My first week on campus was spent sitting at a table in different venues, meeting and greeting incoming freshmen as well as transfers who wanted to know what our group had to offer. During an outdoor event later that week, I was positioned next to a Make Cannabis Legal table. A reporter for our college newspaper thought this was ironic, Christians and pot together, stopping by to ask me a few questions. When the article was posted, I realized that I was set up as what I said was taken out of context. This was my first encounter with a distortion of truth.
As it is written and forever remains written, “There is none righteous [none that meets God’s standard], not even one. “There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God, Romans 3:10-11.
Five years later I attended a Promise Keepers event at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Sixty five thousand men filled this stadium eager to hear Colorado University football coach Bill McCartney. One of my co-workers at Four Winds Golf Club, who wasn’t a believer, was amazed by this speech. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the headlines which led Chicago’s nightly news. Roughly six million people lived in Chicago at the time of this event who heard reporters interview women who opposed the Promise Keepers movement. These protestors labeled participants as anti-woman, bigots and sexists. The coverage suggested that several hundred women marched outside the stadium, standing in unison against Promise Keepers. However, the press failed to tell their six millions viewers that there were only ten protestors on Friday night and two on Saturday. Nonetheless, the media had a specific narrative that they wanted to communicate and the only way to execute this plan was through a distortion of truth.
“All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, no, not one,” Romans 3:12.
In the last few months, there hasn’t been a day without some sort of news story on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. From week to week, there have been twists and turns creating a media feeding frenzy. The initial stage began by trying to collect and uncover all of Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions on previous court cases and decisions. After an extensive examination, Senate hearings followed with days of questioning. Despite allegations, criticism and doubt, Brett Kavanaugh passed the second phase with relative ease. On the verge of a senate confirmation vote for this Supreme Court nominee, Democrats have unleashed a desperate attempt to derail this process by smearing this man with a series a sexual assault allegations going back to Brett’s high school days. A letter leaked to the press resulted in another hearing with an accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. While compelling, this didn’t satisfy every senator, leading to a seventh FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. If you watch cable news, ninety percent of the coverage on Kavanaugh has been negative with an odd talking point, “guilty until proven innocent.” Perhaps, a distortion of the truth?
This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:22-23.
This current Supreme Court nomination process reminds me of a previous election in the state of Washington. When the candidate who was suppose to win lost, there was a series of recounts done. Each time the individual who lost picked up a number of votes. By the third recount, the democrat was victorious with the republican departing quietly into the night. If this current standard, going back to your days in high school is applied to future judges or politicians, there will be no one left to run for these offices. No matter how hard you try to do the right thing daily, sooner or later you will fall, giving into the temptation on earth. Human beings are imperfect people, full of distortions that deviate from truth. According to the apostle Paul, the only way to overcome mankind’s flawed human nature is by coming to faith in Christ. As you reflect upon current events in the United States, may you pause to consider what’s reality important, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
by Jay Mankus