“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” (Proverbs 14:15)
Believing what we want to believe is the order of the day. Truth has so “fallen in the street” that the fact-checkers need to be fact-checked. Is there anyone who is “valiant for the truth” any more? Or, will we accept and promulgate a falsehood if it bolsters our side?
Those who profess to represent the God of truth should of all people be those who love the truth and hate all dishonesty. Speculations and imaginations should be made to face the cold, clear light of day. Unverified reports should be investigated fully before being repeated. Much of the time we simply have to wait and keep silent until more information comes out on a matter.
The sad truth is that we, as the people of God, are gaining a reputation for drinking our own flavor of kool-aid. Instead of “looking well” into every matter we are just as gullible as so many others. We quickly spout as truth what later turns out to be patently false.
Let’s always endeavor to get our facts straight before we speak (or write.) God help us to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. If we want anyone to listen to us we need to be known as proponents of God’s honest truth. Known liars lose all credibility. People’s ears are closed enough to the gospel; we don’t need to close them any further.
“But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2)