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Points to Ponder: Truth will prevail - eventually
Points to Ponder
Truth will prevail - eventually
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer
Political campaign experts say that, despite the public's disdain for negative advertising, it works. Candidates don't run on their own merits, they run against the demerits of their opponents. They dig up dirt on each other, real or perceived missteps, and fling them in the hope that some of the mud will stick on the opponent. Negativity and criticism is annoying to listen to day after day; however, we also don't really know what is true.
We deal with this in the public exchange of ideas. The charismatic personality of the one can bowl us over with mental images of the other. We are pulled one way by our perceptions even though the reality of the matter is not fully presented nor understood. So much of deciding who to vote for is a guessing game of trying to figure out the truth.
It happens with elections. It also happens when you're dealing with issues involving more than one set of facts. It's easy to lean in the directions toward which you are naturally inclined; but what if you really don't know what is going on? You may not know everything there is to know.
"The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him." (Proverbs 18:17)
This bit of wisdom helps us to back up and seek a balanced perspective. In the realm of "liberal" and "conservative" it's always best to listen to both sources of information. You may not share the world view of a particular person or organization, but the view is out there and there are many who will stand by it. Understanding the angles from which people are seeing things helps us to look at our own ideas critically. People who shout down or turn off their opponent's expression of their view are running on fear and pride. If you do hold the superior perspective (if any one can), then it will stand the test of opposition. In fact, opposition ought to make it stronger. What are we afraid of when people disagree with us on a matter? Opposition can be annoying, especially if it's expressed with arrogance. But there it stands, and ignoring it won't make it go away. Actually, listening and seeking to understand the opposing view can do more to defuse it than we may know.
"He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive." (Proverbs 17:27-28)
Jesus states a principle that should help us remain calm during potentially heated discussions.
"Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known." (Proverbs 10:26)
We are fortunate to live in a nation where ideas can be discussed and debated. Realizing that ultimately the truth will rise to the surface helps us to be patient and to accept people for who they are and where they find themselves at this moment. As the saying goes, "A person convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."
It helps to know this as we consider what candidates promise to do.
"There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the Lord's counsel - that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21)
No matter who becomes Mayor, Congressman, Senator, or President, the King remains the same. That's a good thing for both sides of any argument.
"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." (I Timothy 1:17)
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