New tariffs on truth

Monday, October 08, 2018

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Dear Editor,

A high-profile exchange came at the expense of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Professor Christine Ford at the confirmation hearings for the next US Supreme Court Justice. A classic he said/she said rapidly became weaponised and leveraged along partisan lines at the expense of truth. The consequences of which both individuals may never find redemption.

Unfortunately, the bastardisation of truth claims has long been made common by feckless interest groups. At will, the sanctity of sexuality, marriage and life are being auctioned at a marketplace driven by loud and intolerant patrons. Logic and reason are bystanders where activists cash out on words — like homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, hate speech, bigot, prejudiced, neo-Nazi, religious fundamentalist, extremist, radical — and lie in wait to slander the good name of conscionable citizens who expose their craft.

Indeed, truth has become a commodity easily bartered on the open market of social opinion and political vice. An awakened church must say no. An awakenened church, which has seen the rabid projections of a clamorous minority into the laws and social dictums that stifle healthy lifestyle and objective reality, must stand for 'truth' justice.

In every dispensation God reaches down to mankind as they spiral into a cesspool of their own vanity. In every civilisation God calls out a remnant, a called-out company who must withstand the fires of severed fortunes and familial disdain. Enter in Abel, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Esther, numerous prophets in times of old, Mary, the disciples after Pentecost — flawed men and women who nonetheless took tremendous risks and personal losses for the preservation of truth. As such, truth is not an anachronism, malleable and easily brokered by the fickle consumer. Truth is no respecter of persons.

An infamous leader once asked, “What is truth?”, albeit not waiting for the answer from the one who embodied it all. Truth is alive, eternal, pervasive, but immutable. However, simply being in the presence of truth will never be enough. The realisation that truth is actionable and irreplaceable is essential to arbitrage of sound personal character and the just dividends to society at large. Couth men and women are marked by the acknowledgement that it cannot be moulded to their whims and fantasies, or by their own fragile consciences.

As an awakening church, we must take stock as arbiters of the solemnity and sanctity of worship. For at the nidus of every debate of consequence is the awareness of our certainty of purpose, the veracity of our existence, and a sincere devotion to our creator. Truth will be the light that exposes the darkness within us all. Without it, the he said/she said scenario continues. And for that our battle cry must be certain. Truth is not for sale.

Priscilla Joseph

St Andrew

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