My Truth, Your Truth, True Truth

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Our friend Jerry over at Grumpy’s Grumblings has another post out today. Truth and facts continue to evade the GOP and, in turn, the evangelical community. Jerry gives us his unique perspective based on decades of experience with these folks. I’ve included a link at the end to continue reading on his site. Thanks for an excellent piece Jerry!

As I read news stories of Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatening telecommunication companies for complying with legal subpoenas to preserve phone records of principal figures apparently tied to the violent attempt to overthrow a lawfully elected government, my thoughts turn toward the value of truth in a world of lies.

The True Truth

Throughout my many decades deep within the white evangelical Christian movement, I always believed that we who followed the One who proclaimed Himself to be “the Truth” were the upholders of “true truth.” It was the “ungodly” liberals who sought to dilute true truth by making truth subjective and personal. We scoffed at those who referred to “my truth” as opposed to “the truth.”

In the Trump era of “conservatism,” it’s the conservatives who have made truth a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.

But in the Trump era of “conservatism,” it’s the conservatives who have made truth a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder. Certainly, as many have astutely observed, conservatism and the Republican Party didn’t suddenly crumble into a state of relativistic nihilism on November 9, 2016. Trump’s election was the culmination of decades spent cavorting with conditional morality and situational ethical standards. Iran-Contra and bringing an unnecessary war to Iraq quickly come to mind.

No, Trump only brought to fruition the bad seeds that had been planted over the preceding decades. He merely brought to light the muck that had long been brewing in the GOP’s bawdy basement of deceits. But the difference now is that nearly the entire Republican Party—from Trump to nearly all GOP Congressional members to most Republican voters—have brazenly declared open season on “true truth.” America’s conservatives are now the unapologetic primary peddlers of “my truth.”

So, when I see commentators take solace in the eventually-to-be-revealed facts from the House Select Committee’s investigation into the January 6th insurrection, I fail to share in their consolation. The plain, undeniable, objective truth surely will come out, but if it isn’t the conservative movement’s “truth,” then for them it will quickly be dismissed as “fake news.”

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3 comments

  1. Another excellent post from Jerry.

    I’ve been paying attention to Frank Schaeffer for some time. He is a better example of what Christianity can be than either Jerry Falwell Jr or Franklin Graham.

    I still remember 1 Tim 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil”. When I watch evangelicals, too often their faith appear to be faith in their own love of money. They have rejected Jesus, and his call to love your neigbor. They have rejected the message in the parable of the good Samaritan. They call themselves Christian, but their Christianity is fake.

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  2. Jeff, well said. When the Republican party punishes its truth tellers, who dare say truths knowing they will be vilified and get death threats, and promotes its liars, that reveals a party that is adrift and untethered to the truth and lawfulness. I left the GOP about thirteen years ago, but that was well before they dialed up the level of untruthfulness. The so-called leaders of this party should be ashamed for not calling on the carpet the former president and his sycophants. Donald J. Trump is the most corrupt, deceitful and now seditious president in my lifetime and that includes Richard Nixon who was a crook. To let this person continue to lie and demean America is just disgraceful. Believing anything Trump says is a fool’s errand. Keith

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