As we continue navigating the political landscape of our day, it can sometimes be difficult to discern truth from lies.
Fortunately, God has given us a timeless and invaluable resource in His Word - the Bible. It provides us with guidance and principles for how to live our lives. Its pages are filled with wisdom on interacting with others, discerning their motives and intentions in conversations, and articulating truth even when temptation is telling us otherwise.
From Proverbs 16:7 ("When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone's way, He causes their enemies to make peace with them") to Hebrews 4:12 ("For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword..."),
Christians have always been able to use powerful scriptures as a compass for moral decision-making in every era—including today’s volatile one, which often characterizes political discourse by "alternative facts."
In this blog post, I want to explore what Biblical teachings richly speak to exposing spin during turbulent times.
We can look to the Bible for guidance by considering one of Jesus’ most famous teachings, John 8:32 - “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” * This verse speaks volumes about our duty to seek out what is true and walk away from lies. In the political sphere, this could mean separating truth from spin and making decisions based on facts rather than rhetoric. Of course, it is not always easy to determine what is true and false in the confusing world of politics, but God’s word encourages us to seek the truth at all costs.
The Bible also teaches us that standing firm in the truth is essential, even when everyone has a different opinion. In 1 Corinthians 15:58, Paul writes, "Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." * This reminds us that even if our beliefs are unpopular or not widely accepted, we should never be afraid to speak the truth and stand up for our beliefs. In a political context, this means discerning facts from false narratives and ensuring our voices are heard no matter how overwhelming the opposition may seem.
Finally, it is essential to remember that God’s Word teaches us to be gracious in our interactions with each other, even when we disagree. Ephesians 4:15 says, “speaking the truth in love….” Therefore, as Christians, we must speak up and share our opinions but also do so with humility and grace.
This means being respectful and civil when discussing disagreements, avoiding personal attacks and slander, and striving to maintain a spirit of Christian love.