Then—Facts, just the facts—the who, what, when, and where. Reporters emulated Walter Cronkite who refused to let his personal beliefs affect his reporting. His iconic sign-off, “and that’s the way it is,” was taken at face value by the nation. If Cronkite reported it, that’s really the way it was. Truth was valued… and unembroidered.
Now—Everyone’s a pundit—the why supersedes the who, what, when, and where. In an era where news is at our fingertips 24-7, it’s increasingly difficult to uncover truth. Personal opinion and political agenda shapes reporting and many reporters are not averse to manipulation. Their sign-off could be “and that’s the way I feel.” Truth is relative… and embellished.
In Eternity—Every spoken (and written) word will be truth. There will be no personal agenda, no proud opinions, or manipulative conversations. We will not say one thing and mean another, nor will we wonder if the words we hear are accurate or slanted. We will possess a vast capacity to understand and a lively curiosity to learn more. Every new piece of information will be trusted. Truth is all there is… and there will always be more to discover.
In the meantime…
- Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Eph. 4:25
- Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Eph.4:29
- Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:8