Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Truth

As I’m writing this post, speculation about the authenticity of a photo is swirling. Some terrorist group has published a photo on the internet, supposedly of a captured U.S. soldier. However, bloggers and others have taken a close look and are claiming the “soldier” may actually be a GI Action figure - “Cody” made by Dragon Models USA, to be specific. Now I don’t know the bottom line. I don’t know, but certainly hope, it is a farce.

It’s a bit unnerving how information ebbs and flows. Not that long ago, CBS News was shamed by publicizing what turned out to be forged documents about President Bush’s military service. Then accredited voter services published misleading poll results early on election day, figures that turned out to be way out of whack and a major embarrassment for the organizations involved. I’m sure you have examples from school how false ideas and rumors can spread and cause confusion or worse.

How do we know what is true? How do we know whom to believe? Truth is an important and ever elusive attribute in our culture. And the failure of adults to speak truth without spin or varnish makes it even more difficult for teens to find it. I hope you will search for Truth – with a capital T - and not give up, especially in relation to moral issues. God created you. He knows and loves you more than anyone on this earth. Search His word, the Bible, for Truth in this life.

“Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32