Just the Facts
Let’s start with a little quiz about basic facts.
- In the police lineup photo above, how tall is Bart Simpson?
- What is 2+2?
- At what Fahrenheit temperature does water boil?
- Who was the first president of the United States of America?
- What is the largest continent in the world?
How’d you do? Here are my answers:
- 12 feet
- Joe Shlabotnik (Charlie Brown’s baseball hero)
- Rhode Island
You may claim the answers are: (1) 3 ft., (2) 4, (3) 212 degrees F, (4) George Washington, and (5) Asia.
But I deserve 100 on my quiz because I gave “alternative facts.”
Whose Reality is it Anyway?
You and I are entitled to hold different viewpoints. But no one is entitled to just make up stuff and call it truth. Genuine facts are true yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The truth doesn’t fear honest scrutiny. A fair and rational analysis, investigation, research — such an examination will show what is a subjective theory vs. what is truly objective and indisputable.
When I preach, I reference Bible verses and invite fact-checking. “Don’t believe it just because I said it. Believe it because it lines up with what God says in Scripture.”
A Warning from God’s Word
“Alternative facts” isn’t a recent issue. In Choose, I use the analogy of three friends debating the color of a smartphone’s protective case. The box says, “Apple green.”
Brenda shrugs. “Just because the box claims its apple green doesn’t mean it really is that color.”
Cody agrees. “Battleship gray is my reality. Carrot orange is right for her. Don’t be narrow-minded.”
Ariela crosses her arms. “So, truth is relative? The truth is subject to personal preference?”
Brenda and Cody nod. “You’re catching on.”
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
If I choose to build on shifting sand, calling my foundation a rock won’t stop my house from collapsing when a storm hits (Matthew 7:24-27).