Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Nobody Knows Where to Look

Try this on for size:

“The Russians are accused of trying to influence an American election. And how did they propose to disrupt our normal way of doing things over here? The answer is obvious when you think about it. They determined that they would tell the truth. When something like that erupts in the middle of a presidential campaign, nobody knows where to look.”
— Doug Wilson

Who knows what the Russians are trying to do, or if they actually have anything at all to do with the latest WikiLeaks infodumps? This is the craziest American election to occur in my lifetime, one in which interests are so wildly polarized that even the social and electoral havoc brought about by external meddling sounds like good news to some Americans, at least in the short term.

But more to the point, Wilson is right: truth is a terribly disruptive element.

The Lord Jesus came offering truth in spades, and most of his audience preferred the lie. They preferred darkness to light as their deeds were … you know the rest. Truth sets us free, but freedom has a limited appeal. Many people are quite happy in their designer chains, thank you.

Truth always upsets the prevailing narrative. Capital ‘T’ truth is incomprehensible to the unregenerate: the cross of Christ is a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. These days even small ‘T’ truth is a hard sell.

The best thing about the current election cycle is the way in which the narrative promoted by members of both parties and 99% of the media has been exposed for the hogwash it is. We may not yet know precisely what the truth is — we may never know — but the banal, trite evasions, confabulations and outright demonic falsehoods that once satisfied the masses are no longer getting the job done.

Fury and perplexity are far from ideal outcomes, but they sure beat a delusional fog.

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