For a time, this was just one of the things that philosophers and other intellectuals sat around and talked about when they had nothing else to do - which was most of the time. The first breakthroughs into common consciousness began in the ‘60's and were in the moral realm and demonstrated and promoted by Bill Clinton. But things have grown progressively worse and come into focus about as sharply as possible with the ascension of Barack Obama to power. Now the "free-thinkers” who are all in bondage to their own preconceived and greatly desired outcomes have come fully out into the open were even the most myopic of normal thinking people can readily see them.
We have a situation where truth is no longer determined by cultural or even rational standards. Truth is now what you either believe it to be or want it to be. In the pursuit of this new definition of truth, strange things are happening. If a person says something that is recorded by either audio or video device or even both, it is perfectly acceptable for him or her to maintain that he or she simply didn’t say or do that, even though there is a clear record of the opposite. For instance, a large number of statements made by President Obama while he was running for office in 2008 are available on video/audio recordings, but he simply says,”I never said that.” Challenged, he would say that he has watched the visual/audio record, knows that he did indeed say that, but maintains that he never did so.
This is a very dangerous pathway to trod, but the further down it politicians travel, the more apparent it becomes just what is involved. The artificially inflated numbers being dispensed by the Administration involving unemployment and the overall economy are manifestly inflated but they fit the narrative and therefore become true even though those promulgating them know they are wrong.
Confusing? Not if you have a solid belief in and basis for the absolute truth found only in God and fully revealed in the Bible. Even the unconverted are beginning to see through it. It is a product of the self-determination of the academic elite, it is readily embraced by those desiring to be unchecked by any moral considerations at all and included in the thinking and positions of those who see it as an extraordinary means of self- preservation or advancement.
“To speak of sin by itself, to speak of it apart from the realities of creation and grace, is to forget the resolve of God. God wants shalom and will pay any price to get it back. Human sin is stubborn, but not as stubborn as the grace of God and not half so persistent, not half so ready to suffer to win its way. Moreover, to speak of sin by itself is to mischaracterized its nature: sin is only a parasite, a vandal, a spoiler. Sinful life is a partly depressing, partly ludicrous caricature of genuine human life. To concentrate on our rebellion, defection and folly–to say to the world “I have some bad news and I have some good news”–is to forget that the center of the Christian religion is not our sin but our Savior. To speak of sin without grace is to minimize the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, and the hope of shalom.
“But to speak of grace without sin is no better. To do this is to trivialize the cross of Jesus Christ, to skate past all the struggling by good people down the ages to forgive, accept, and rehabilitate sinners, including themselves, and therefore to cheapen the grace of God that always comes to us with blood on it. What had we thought the ripping and writhing on Golgotha were all about? To speak of grace without looking squarely at these realities, without painfully honest acknowledgement of our own sin and its effects, is to shrink grace to a mere embellishment of the music of creation, to shrink it down to a mere grace note. In short, for the Christian church (even in its recently popular seeker services) to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure of sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally, uninteresting.”