Faithful Observations: Standing For Truth

By Bob Shillingstad

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” -John 18:38   “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” -John 14:6

The main source of our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution was the Bible and you see it over and over in the text.   The Declaration begins talking about the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and ends with “a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” They understood that our Creator had given us an understanding of right and wrong   There were absolutes of truth when it came to creation, our actions and divine Providence who we were accountable to.

We have abandoned these principles and absolutes and we see this every day as the governing authorities act as if these principles are now to be decided by a vote or dictated to by the “mob”.  If you think what is happening is insanity and we will, at some point, come to our senses you are wrong. Dr. Seuss is suddenly persona non grata because his books are racist. The author J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) is now reviled because she claims boys are born male and girls born female. The Governor of South Dakota is reluctant to prohibit boys from competing as girls in school sports because of pressure from the NCAA and the Chamber of Commerce. It seems to be insanity. Actually it is not.

Wesley Smith, writing in the Epoch Times, stated that: “No. Actually, it’s not. “Canceling,” as it is called, is a coldly calculated strategy implemented with malice aforethought. The goal isn’t to persuade. Social excommunication, media deplatforming, and the trashing of venerable traditions don’t seek to reform institutions or promote societal improvement. Rather, the point is to destroy every traditional religious, social, and political institution judged guilty of constructing Western civilization, toward the end of rebuilding society in the image of Woke.”

Why do we seem to be so impotent in combating this movement?  Look at our state legislature in Idaho.  We allow the state colleges to indoctrinate the students with the most vile propaganda regarding “social justice”, socialism vs. capitalism and free markets, “white privilege” and a trashing of our history.   There is no push back on their budgets or restraints on their actions to remedy this.  Budgets are going to be fully funded.

We have a public tv and radio network (PBS and NPR) that dishes out a consistent, leftist bias about conservative values.  Worse than that their news is twisted, like most main stream media, from reporting the news to being opinion makers with a consistent bias also. We recognize the fact we have a 1st Amendment that protects the press, however, we allocate over $10 million of our tax dollars to support this.  This measure passed again in the house by ONE vote.  Two legislators in Kootenai County voted in favor of the funding.  Who is insane?  But vote against this and you hate Big Bird!  The politicians of both parties face the wrath of judges who will decide when life begins, what marriage is or what gender means. It is now media, corporations, the arts and the judicial system that will be the ultimate arbiters of right and wrong.

The COVID lockdowns have been an excellent example of “group think”.  There is to be no discussion of what works or why we have to give up our freedoms for something that is not a threat to most of the population. Instead, education is disrupted, businesses suffer, churches are impacted along with most of their ministry.  If you would dare to vote against a mask mandate you will have a headline in the local Coeur d’Alene newspaper calling you a liar. The issue was about the meaning of “teaching” at a University.  The cancel culture is not about dialogue it is about destroying dissenters.   We are living in difficult times when our freedoms are at risk.  When you listen to the testimonies of those who lived under communist, totalitarian regimes they point out the similarities to America today.  The threat was not always the government but your employer, teachers, neighbors who could make life difficult if you weren’t thinking correctly.  Are we being programmed for a future that looks more like 1984 or Brave New World?  Pray for our country and leaders.  Be involved and informed.

I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.”-Psalm 119:30