Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isaiah 5:20, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Saw this on FaceBook today — “If you tell a lie often enough…it becomes journalism.” An obvious attempt at satire, but as if often the case with satire how much is exaggeration and how much is truth?
Among the various definitions of journalism I find two competing ones:
- Writing [or reporting] characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.
- Writing [or reporting] designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest.
Regrettably, we are seeing less and less of the first and more and more pushing the envelope of the second. Which is why the above satire gives us an unsettling mixture of amusement and revulsion. But the First Amendment is so ingrained in the American psyche that we tolerate the second (within limits – we can only permit pushing the envelope so far) in order to preserve the first.
In the area of Biblical interpretation we have witnessed far too much pushing of the envelope. The early Church fathers would, I believe, be horrified to see how much the “Word” has been altered to appeal to current popular taste and public interest. Reinterpreted to soothe “itching ears.” Lies repeated often enough that many mistake them for the truth. Only the truth will set us free. Lies keep us in bondage to the “father of lies,” because believing a lie does not make it the truth. Nor does appealing to current popular taste or public interest.
Unfortunately, current popular taste and public interest is becoming less and less tolerant of the real truth. Today it is censure and cancel. Tomorrow it may be persecution.
My Advice – Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV 1984).