The Brotherhood – Part 146

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Apparently we’ve traded the American Journal of Medicine for Facebook.

Lately, my Facebook newsfeed has been overrun with reports of one medical study after another. It’s really amazing stuff.

  • I’ve learned that a major hospital now says the entire profession has been lying all along concerning cancer–interesting choice to make such a confession to the online community without bothering to tell any major news networks.
  • I’ve discovered several miracle weight loss pills, some that even seem to carry the endorsement of Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and other medical media giants who are now our shortcut to personal diagnoses.
  • Today, I learned of a study that apparently proves that those who eat grits are more likely to produce homosexual offspring than those of us who prefer hash browns. Have to admit I didn’t see that one coming…

I guess what concerns me about this pseudo-science or large-scale infiltration of ridiculousness is how many of my Facebook friends and pseudo-friends seem to believe it. Others offer a sarcastic chuckle, but the posting continues.

I can laugh off most of it, but I must admit that such lunacy leaves me wondering about the condition of truth today. If we’ll believe just about anything, how will we be able to discern truth when we see it. Little wonder our younger generation doubts the existence of universal or absolute truth. The world we’ve handed them is filled with so much idiocy.

The idea of truth is that it penetrates generations, economic strata, social constructs, and racial reality. Truth is true for everyone. It’s real stuff. Truth isn’t just the word on my block, or the hope that works for me. Truth is there for anyone’s taking.

Are we men of truth? Do we stand firm on our knowledge of God and His love, of Christ and His sacrifice, of God’s Spirit and His extraordinary purpose for our lives? Do we live by the facts that truth teaches us–the reaping that comes from sowing, the choosing life so we may live, the recognition of our complete inadequacy and absolute need of a Savior?

You see, if we don’t live truth, others will never discover it. If we say we possess truth, but folks can find little evidence of its impact on our lives, our own actions discount the message.

Live by truth, and those you encounter will have the billboard they need for hope. Live by truth, and you’ll encourage people to stop grasping at the stupidity easily accessible to the inboxes. Live by truth, and you just might end up changing someone’s world.

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