Average Joe just pondering…
I know I don’t have all the answers. I am even pretty sure I don’t know all the questions! I’m also pretty sure many of the questions we all face every day, there are many answers. The world of politics and religion are all trying to convince everyone that someone has to be the only keeper of “truth”. Too many politicians and pundits are spending every waking hour trying to figure out how to prove someone wrong in 140 characters or less.
What really is “truth”?
That is a question that has been kicked around by humans ever since we figured out how to communicate! The first truth is always about who is God? Or is there even a God? Of this, one thing I am sure. No one really knows. No church, no religion, no belief system can provide a scientifically provable answer. Does that mean that there is no God? Well, I guess that will have to be one “truth” you decide for yourself.
In my world, I believe that God is, and the Biblical version and explanation rings truth to me. C.S. Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, also wrote a great book titled “Mere Christianity” that helped me become confident in my choice of truth in my relationship to who God is. Will I cut off your head if you don’t choose to believe as I do? No, I won’t. I won’t even try to convince you I hold all the “truth” there is.
American politicians all want to convince you that their version of “truth” is the only truth and if you don’t believe then you must be deceived, foolish or stupid. Every political party and politician is more than the memes and sound bites they popularize. I tend to agree with Mark Twain, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” There is some truth to be found in all of the political parties in America, but none has a monopoly on truth or the correct answer to every problem we face. One thing I am sure of, all politicians want you to think they are the ONLY one with all the answers!
Americans fall into way more categories than Republican or Democrat. I cast my first vote as a Republican and many more since then. Ronald Reagan was once asked why he left the Democrat Party and he responded, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party left me.” I feel that way about the Republican Party today, but would I call myself a Democrat? I’m not ready for that nametag yet. I am pretty sure many Americans feel the same way as I. Neither party makes us want to sign up and drink the Kool-Aid!
What do you believe?