Pastor’s Perspective 09-29-2020

One of the things I try to do when I take vacation is “unplug.” From work. From email. Even from the news. For one reason, I need to give my undivided time and attention to the family members with whom I am spending my vacation. My time with them nowadays is limited. For another, I just need a mental break from some of the things that add to the stress that is a natural part of our daily lives.

Despite my best efforts to unplug while we were in California to spend some time with our son and his family, there were two big stories in the news that certainly caught my attention. The sudden death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the release of the grand jury findings in the death of Breonna Taylor. Both continue to dominate the air waves and fuel the divisions in our country. It is the media coverage of the latter, however, that has reminded me of the importance of where we get our truth. Because we spent some time waiting for flights at airports, I was able to listen to several news reports on different channels about the Breonna Taylor case. To say that those reports provided a radically different perspective would be an understatement. I wondered if the commentators were even talking about the same story!

Fortunately, I had listened to the Kentucky Attorney General when he spoke live to release the findings of the grand jury. The group of individuals that heard all of the relevant facts before making their decision. The Attorney General was sharp. Compassionate. Credible. He explained the process in great detail. He got choked up at one point. He explained how difficult it had been to sit down with Breonna’s family earlier that day to explain the findings before they were released to the public. The pain in his voice over this tragedy was palpable. The news reports I watched did not do him justice. Had I not witnessed his press conference live and seen only a news outlet’s take on it, I would have had a very skewed impression of “the truth.”

We live in a time where truth is relative. Where people already have their minds made up and are interested only in the things that reinforce their preconceived ideas. That’s also true when it comes to the eternal truth contained in God’s Word. All of us need to be careful where we get our truth.

See you Sunday! ~ John