There is a lot of commentary the last few days about facts – whose facts – what facts – alternative facts (whatever any of those things mean) and the fact is that presidents lie – all of them. This is not excuse making or placating it is just my honest assessment. Even Jimmy Carter who boldly declared, “I’ll never tell a lie. I’ll never make a misleading statement. I’ll never betray the confidence that any of you had in me. And I’ll never avoid a controversial issue.” The only thing that was true was the last part of that statement. So where does that leave us? I’m old enough to remember the “Tricky Dick” statements that made a generation cringe as Richard Nixon presented his so called facts to the nation.
So what are we to do? Jesus said to his followers, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32. Truth is not just a set of facts – truth is a person. My belief is that a people who embrace the Man of truth will make them desire truthfulness as a way of life. People twist facts every day but we ought to strive to be more transparent and authentic. I need someone who can set an example for me. In fact we need a supernatural transformation not just the will to do it.
So spin truth any way you want but the “truth” for me will always be a person who came to show God’s love to the world. Remember this, Jesus was either truthful in every way possible or he was a crazy man. I suggest to you that he was totally and completely truthful.