A 'post-truth' Era? Let's Get Real

Our St. Hilda’s tide retreat at Whitby reflected on the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk who saw the havoc wrought in nations and cried out to God. A wise retreatant, reflecting on recent events in Europe, USA and Syria, composed these words:

‘Fears and anguish surface over the new blindness to sweep the earth. Triumph of power and raging anger which does not comprehend its reasons will not apprehend the consequences.

Is the cup of the Lord’s right hand coming round to Assad and Putin, or must the children’s hospitals of the world suffer?

Will we see selfishness flood and destroy what has been carefully built? Can we plead for mercy again!

The crevice in the rock – the clinging on against all reason – the continual cry of the earth to its Maker: Hear us. Cradle and wrestle.'

Then the international Oxford Dictionaries announced that their new word of the year is ‘post-truth’. This is defined as ‘relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. Editors say that the use of this word increased by about 2000% in 2016 compared with last year. This reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s warning that a time would come when people will live for money, accumulate anything they want to hear that feeds their false desires and cease to weigh truth, 2 Timothy 3: 1; 4:3.

So I am delighted to talk with pilgrims and people world-wide who want to engage with our Way of Life. At Saint Hilda’s tide I was glad to witness Gill commit to it in at Whitby and to Skype Sue before she committed to it in Geelong. Its time has surely come, for Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Posted at 01:49am on 23rd November 2016
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