2016 Word of the Year

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Words are powerful and they often reveal what we value as a society.  Oxford Dictionaries just announced that the 2016 word of the year is “Post-truth” which is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The selection committee acknowledged that “post-truth” marked the recent presidential campaigns of both candidates and that this word has the ability to become “one of the defining words of our time.”

 

The word truth appears almost one hundred and fifty times in the Bible.  The Hebrew and Greek word rendered truth covers a range of meanings which include righteousness, accuracy, firmness, validity, and what actually is.  There is no room in God’s Word for the concept of “post-truth” because truth is always objective and unchanging in the Scriptures.  In the book of Isaiah, God’s people were living in widespread disobedience and spiritual neglect.  So, the prophet Isaiah reminded them that ,”I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.”  In other words, it is God, not man, who defines what is truth.

 

Now, more than ever, it is vital that believers understand truth is significant because it testifies to the character of God and should be reflected in the lives of those who profess to follow Him.  Don’t settle for post-truth when you can experience real truth every day through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.