Years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness,” which Google quickly defines as “the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.” When a US Senator throws a snowball on the floor of the Senate to claim climate change isn’t a problem, that’s truthiness. When Wells Fargo fires low-level employees for bank fraud and says no higher-ups were connected or involved in the scandal, even though clearly, they had to have been, that’s truthiness. When we justify gut feelings against facts, claiming they are the same, we engage in truthiness.
We’re a post-modern society. What is truth? Can we engage in the ethic of the Reign of God while confronting truths, which are not necessarily facts, which are not necessarily principles?
In our readings for Sunday, Jesus asks the question, “What is truth?” He also tells a parable that might point to resisting truthiness, or at least to help calibrate our work in the Reign God calls us to co-create. There’s a lot to be done on this sermon, “A Vote for Jesus Means Bigger Government!” I look forward to seeing you Sunday.