Entertainment and Truth

The people of Berea were more open-minded than the people of Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive God’s message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true                                                                                                                                                                                                     Acts 17:11

One of the cultural trends that has been brewing for years, perhaps decades, is the blurring of entertainment with truth. Not that the two concepts are mutually exclusive, it’s just that these days, there has been so much blending of the two that people have difficulty distinguishing the difference. Radio talk shows, “news shows”, social media etc. have drifted so distinctly to entertainment (a magnet for sponsor’s dollars), that truth has often been left behind, or used conveniently (spun), simply for the value of listener or follower ratings.

Evidently, our culture is so starved for entertainment that we can’t get enough of it. We want it like we want sugar- in everything that can be consumed. So, truth gets buried, or worse yet, blurred so that we cannot distinguish truth from entertainment.

For example, we read regularly about, and indeed, interact with, people who do not believe that COVID-19 is real, or that it is only an inconvenience. Just let that roll around in your head for a moment. We do not need to see news reports about overcrowded hospitals, temporary morgues, and closed schools which are the result of the pandemic to know that the virus is all too real. Now, effects of the virus are so ubiquitous that we all have first-hand knowledge of its deadly results. We merely need to recall that neighbor, friend, client etc. who has died from COVID or who has had a nasty bout with it. It is all around us. Yet, there are those who would minimize it, or possibly even deny its existence.

Where can we turn for truth? There are ultimate standards for truth, and I personally trust the Bible as a source of truth. The passage above from Acts commends the Bereans because they sought out ways to verify what they heard in order to determine its truth.

Similarly, I urge all of us to diligently search for the truth. We can’t blindly follow one news source, for example, nor can we simply accept things as true because a politician says so. We are called to search for truth, and to use the lens of the Holy Spirit to let it seep into our soul.

That takes work and persistence, but it is worth it. The truth does set us free in every way.

Prayer: Father, we are flawed in all that we do, yet we ask for your discernment to help us seek after, and to see truth, Amen.

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