I have spent more time this week reading about, listening to people talk about, and thinking about Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o than I might care to admit. I am a sports fan and am a consumer of sports information, though I try to exercise some measure of moderation and balance. There is much more to life than sports after all. More important things like truth, virtue, faith, and eternal life come to mind. And so when multiple things in which I am interested intersect in interesting ways, my brain starts working overtime. I don't have much to say for all the thinking and consuming of information that I've done. So here are 2 things.
1. For a long time I've wanted to think the best of Armstrong - that he really was clean. What a fabulous story that would be! After all, love hopes all things. Part of me wants to believe Manti is totally innocent in his story. (Maybe OJ didn't do it!) But the more I see of sinful human nature run amok, the more I realize that we are totally depraved. It's not just a letter in an acrostic; it's God's truth. Which brings me to the second thing.
2. Stories like Armstrong and Te'o's make me thankful that there is ultimate, final truth. We may never know the extent of Armstrong's doping, his reasons for doing so, the full repercussions of his denials, or reason for his admission. Te'o's story is so bizarre than one wonders if the full truth will ever be known there either. Did he really not have a clue? Did he know all along that his tragically deceased girlfriend was not real? Did he learn part way through, but continue to play it up? Will all of the publicity gain him sympathy or cause his draft stock to plummet. Some of these things we will learn in time. Some we may never know. In an age of 24 hour news sources, blogs, social networks where people can create their own news and apparently a false identity, there seems to be more information than ever, but less certainty. Strange monster we've created, isn't it? Lots and lots of information; not much absolute truth. Even what's reported as fact (like Te'o's moving story) may prove to be false upon closer examination.
So we consumers of information would do well to return to the bedrock of truth - the revealed Word of God contained in the pages of Holy Scripture. That, my friends is true. Thousands of years and investigative reporting have failed to prove it wrong. When all seems uncertain, the certain truth is that Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, entered our world and lived and spoke the truth. When the voices around you are many, there is one that rings true. God says, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."
Some miscellaneous musings from Pastor Aaron.
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