By Dr. Charles L. Houston, Jr.
“What is truth?” Pilate said to Jesus as he stood on trial before him. (John I, 18:38) That’s a good question for us to contemplate in our world of Google, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
A “truth” that wasn’t true gave the Reverend Jonathan Edwards the great Puritan minister and his wife a hard time. Six of their eleven children were born on a Sunday. Puritans believed that children were born the day of the week that conception occurred and should never occur on Sundays. As the years passed, this “truth” did not stand the test of time and science.
As a pastor, I always sought to preach the truth; verifying stories, examples and facts used. I learned this habit in high school and college. All facts and quotes had to have footnotes and be listed in a verifiable bibliography.
Don’t do it, and you don’t pass or get credit.
Professors are good at catching plagiarism and fictitious facts.
In our world, we need to be just as diligent in searching for the truth. One news person I see as trustworthy is Lester Holt. He stands on the shoulders of people such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.
I was listening to Holt’s newscast closing remarks when he said the following: “Finally, tonight, we are once again witnessing history. There’s been a lot to absorb… which makes our collective challenge even more important to listen, to ask, to examine the facts and demand nothing short of the truth.
There’s that word again, “truth.” Seek it, search and live by it. It really does set us free and keeps us free. The truth that, like Jesus who stood before Pilate “is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
“From the cowardice that does not face new truth. From the laziness that is content with half-truths. From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, good Lord deliver me.” (United Methodist Hymnal, pg. 597)
Dr. Charles L. Houston, Jr. is the Senior Chaplain with the Georgia Department of Public Safety (Georgia State Patrol/Motor Carrier Compliance Division). http://www.chaplaincharles.org