Press Conferences, Presidents, and a Search for Truth

When do we reopen the church? Is it safe to eat in a restaurant? Can people go visit family members that are in care facilities or hospitals? Is COVID-19 mutating? Will warm weather, UV light, or a pool’s chlorine kill it? How much alcohol content in a cleaner kills it? Can I go on vacation at some point, and will it be safe to sleep on a rented beach house bed? When can I safely go back to the gym? Should states reopen? Do we shut down our meat processing plants because they are the American version of a Wuhan wet market? Is it safe to buy “Made in China,” or is it time to bring all our manufacturing back home? What mitigations should we put in place so we can open Sunday Schools? Is it safe to reopen the church, and how many people can attend?

Ask any of these questions, others like them, and there will be more than one answer. There are webinars, seminars, advertisements and pronouncements on all of these questions. I get promotions and pronouncements everyday about which products the church needs to buy in order to open up. I’m thankful for the information, but, unfortunately there’s not a lot of clarity. Scientists are all over the map because there is still so much unknown about COVID-19. Politicians have seemingly politicized the situation, so much so as to make me doubt their veracity. The news media certainly has used this as a tool to bloody the President, and he is poking China in the face over the whole situation. A former President is throwing gas on the blame-game fire while the current administration defends itself.

I am so tired of watching the charade of what is supposed to be a “news briefing” at the White House when the President, whether one likes him or not, is baited and treated with out-of-bounds berating and disrespect by so-called reporters. It is appalling. It will be a long day in you-know-where before any clergy have an open-mic talk back session after a sermon. Somebody just give me the news. Give me the unadulterated truth! I long for Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, Harry Reasoner, somebody, anybody that is unbiased without an agenda. At least a short time ago it seemed as if everyone’s agendas were hidden. Now the agendas are so blatantly apparent that it feels like there is no truth. No wonder Russia’s state newspaper is named “Pravda,” or “Truth.” Yeah, right?

Pontius Pilate asked Jesus at his trial, “What is truth?” It’s really the same question, the penultimate question, behind the plethora of all our questions. We want the unvarnished truth. We want some certainty in the midst of our anxiety-ridden world. Unfortunately, we have entered the days predicted in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine (TRUTH). 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.” Oh, how this so accurately describes our day and age. We want to make wise choices, and we can’t trust the information because we don’t trust the sources.

This isn’t just about our problem with COVID-19 information. It’s the story of our whole post-modern narcissistic world. We wrongly assert that what we think is the sole determinant of truth. We demythologize the Bible into what we want it to say as if we, the readers, are more important than the God who brought forth the Truth in the first place. We have fallen into the same abyss as one popular Christian author, one who wrote a book, Seeing Gray in a Black and White World. He is so wrong. I don’t trust my eyes to see that well, so I would rather let the Biblical text and its Author do the talking. Maybe then we will see black and white in a gray world.

Where do you think all this confusion about truth is coming from? Why do you think we are so at odds over what the truth really is? Jesus (John 14:6) said He is the way, TRUTH, and life, so He’s certainly not the author of confusion, but guess who is: Evil. Jesus, speaking in John 8:43-44, nails our current reality on the head, “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil … for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

So I pray, “Please, Lord, open our ears to the truth, and expose the lies and liar for what they are. Wipe away all the confusion, and give us clarity, especially to our scientists, those who govern us, and to all spiritual leaders. We need your truth. Speak, for your servants are listening; in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

15 thoughts on “Press Conferences, Presidents, and a Search for Truth

  1. Obviously, we see Trumps information sessions differently. They were nothing more than mini campaign sessions where he continues to deflect blame and state half truths and falsehood after falsehood. The Press Corp were left no choice. Do they sit silently and let the President continue to blow smoke or do they ask the tough and pertinent questions which we all need answers. Admittedly, some were political! However, most were well thought out and pertinent.

    1. Len, I haven’t swallowed the kool-aid! I think my lie-meter is working pretty well. tim

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  2. My dad always said “believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see” I am sick of this so called crisis myself.
    Thanks Tim

  3. You nailed it Dr. Tim.

    It is so sad that we’ve become so polarized as a society. This pandemic has brought out some of the best in some of our citizens and some of the worst in others. How would I share your message on FaceBook?

    1. Dick, Thanks and to share on Facebook, search my name and find post and go to curved share arrow and simply re-share. Thanks again, tim

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  4. Hi Tim, I think you mirror the frustration so many are feeling. Just a couple of points I would “discuss” with you – the main one being that we don’t need the media to “bloody the president.” I don’t have to rely on their reporting to see the job he is doing – or not doing. I listen to him; I see his actions – first hand resources. I had very good training in critical/analytical thinking, and the president is doing an able job of disgracing himself without any help from the media. I’m holding on to “the Way, the Truth, and the Life….”

    1. Diane, Oh, I agree that he’s no “paragon of virtue,” but the media isn’t helping itself by acting the way it is. The TRUTH is bigger. By focusing on that small blip you reveal a lot. Good luck to anyone trying to lecture their version of morality without turning the light back on themselves. tim

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  5. Aptly put. Amen.
    Thank God for His Son Jesus, our Savior, our Way, our TRUTH, our Life.
    I am grateful that I belong to Him, forever and ever.
    I know Jesus, and He knows me. All glory to God.
    I don’t need to get lost in this turmoil…God is still on His Throne.

  6. On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 10:36 AM A Potter’s View wrote:

    > wtmcclendon posted: “When do we reopen the church? Is it safe to eat in a > restaurant? Can people go visit family members that are in care facilities > or hospitals? Is COVID-19 mutating? Will warm weather, UV light, or a > pool’s chlorine kill it? How much alcohol content in a cl” >

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