My ‘Truth,’ Your ‘Truth,’ & ‘The Truth’
Dealing with Accusations Biblically
Life was simpler when I was a child in the 1960s. No
PlayStations, iPads, or computers. My brothers and
I, when bored, were shooed outdoors by a caring
mother to play. My three brothers and a few neighbor boys would gather our ball gloves, bats, and
balls, choosing sides and mimicking the exploits of
major league ballplayers in our ragtag baseball game.
When it was my turn in the batter’s box, the PA
announcer, Bob Shepherd, intoned, “Now batting for
the New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle, number 7.”
Our games, however, inevitably degenerated into arguments
and conflict, the neighbor boys often stomping home in anger.
The problem? The batter was the umpire! And, unlike my hero
Mickey, I never struck out!
Baseball without an umpire is chaos. Society with no umpire
is similarly chaotic. “Little truths” compete, with the Truth
sidelined. My “truth” trumps your “truth,” because it is mine and
I sincerely feel it!
Contemporary culture is roiling with accusations hurled
against politicians and preachers, employers and employees alike.
These dramas play out on stages large and small. Accusations
are lodged, the truth of which seems to be determined only by
the general plausibility of the scenario and the sincerity of the
Hidden motivations are concealed under the guise of momen-
tary cultural wisdom. Corroboration is not necessary. The test of
by DAVID STROPE