All The Truth
One’s heart and soul desire truth for the order, clarity, and beauty it offers. Truth is desirable, for an accepted lie makes a fool. Since false options are ever present, truth is admirable since it holds its own in any arena. Most of us would not know it though, for given the positions people hold about liberal, conservative, religious, non-religious, Protestant, Catholic, and more, we remain without ears. Bias causes deafness.
I cannot tell you how many times I have seen an expert interviewed on television only to have the commentator conclude by saying, “That cannot be true because they are a ________.” You fill in the blank. Certainly, we are well aware of other’s biases, but lack the reflection to label our own. Questioning experts is not the problem. Having no alternative intelligence to offer is. Let’s check ourselves. When is the last time you took intentional time to openly hear the other side of a debate?
A Catholic may say, “Well we cannot trust them because they are Protestant.” On the other side, many Protestants practically hold out a cross to anything called Catholic. In a different sector, so many American Christians look at the whole scientific enterprise with suspicion and caution because they think one theory poison’s the well. Whatever my own view on the subject of evolution, I am getting tired of correcting Christians who think the theory teaches we came from apes. It never has! On the reverse, some outspoken scientists act as if no religious person could ever be in line with the modern science and still believe in God. Strange fictions indeed.
The danger of deafness when it comes to politics, religion, or science is the soon coming conspiracy theories it breeds. No solid research, just the rumor mill. Instead of conjuring up conspiracy theories from our ignorance, we could adopt a different view about truth. All truth is beneficial, all truth is admirable, wherever it is found. With a dictum like this in mind, we have only begun our wildest adventures.
For instance, I am not Catholic in the way most people understand the term, but if the Pope or a local priest speaks the truth, then it would be silly to oppose it simply because of where it came from. I sure hope they would do the same when listening to me as a Pastor. Continuing on, if an atheist scientist discovers a new planet, it would be silly of me to think that it must be false simply because of its source. We do ourselves a disservice when we reject truth simply because of where it comes from. Will others adopt our faith if we misunderstand the basics of the natural world? Will others adopt our political views or scientific understandings if we cannot see truth that is right in front of our eyes elsewhere? It certainly cannot help our causes.
With any adventure, danger is ever present. Let’s conclude with a nominal danger about this approach. We might begin with CAUTION; THIS APPROACH WILL CAUSE DISRUPTION TO THE SMALL WORLDS OF BIAS WE PREVIOUSLY HUNG OUT IN. A disruption we all could use.