Pastor's Pen: Truth vs. misinformation

We are daily surrounded by the opinions of others, through our TV’s, social media, newspaper or sometimes those leaders that are supposed to be following God and our constitutional rights. We should be taking all things to God before taking any of it to heart (believing).

I am reminded of an old story about an eagle that was hatched in the confines of a chicken coop with his brothers and sisters being chickens. Growing up, he accepted the fact that he must be a chicken. In turn, he was content to live a life as a chicken, no flight, no freedom, but remaining within the confines of the fenced area. He was quite satisfied with the life of those he was associating with.

But one day as he was in the yard, head down picking food from the ground, he happened to look up and saw an eagle soaring far above in the heavens. In a moment of wonder, he wished that he could be that eagle.

Sadly because of the ‘misinformation’ of those around him, he would never soar. He failed to see the ‘truth’ that God had created within him, he was blinded to the fact that flight was available, but only saw the ability that he had settled for.

Our National symbol is the majestic ‘Eagle’, not a chicken. We were given soaring abilities by our heavenly Father and by our founding leaders! ‘Truth vs. Misinformation’, the truth is found in our Bill of Rights; “Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition ...” along with others that we sometimes may forget.

Question: Are we allowing those rights to be taken away from us? Are we like the eagle in the chicken yard being satisfied with the scraps thrown out for us to peck up off the ground, or are we going to look up and realize we can soar.

Seeking the truth, let’s turn to the Bible, Jesus tells us in John 8:31-32,

“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Three points that we should consider from Scripture:

1. What is it saying to us?

2. What is the meaning of it?

3. Most importantly, how do we apply it?

Proverbs 19:3 (Message Bible)

“People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?”

Shouldn't we be taking our “truths” from the Bible, not the secular world which can sometimes give “misinformation.” We need to seriously consider how we want to live our lives, as a chicken or an eagle! Remember that this great Nation was founded by our forefathers based on the wisdom God gave them.

Blessing, Pastor Ron