After watching a rerun of ESPN’s 30 for 30, Fantastic Lies, I received a new perspective. During this documentary, I missed an important statement the first time around. One of the journalists who believed the Duke Lacrosse players raped an African America woman provided an insightful comment. When asked about why the nation felt like these three players were guilty, he responded, “If you air opinions over and over again in the media, these fantastic lies become fact.
Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 1 John 2:4.
This observation applies to our daily life. Every day blogs, cable news networks and news papers publish exaggerations, take comments out of context or with hold information to make liberals look great and portray conservatives as liars. This rush to judgment often ruins the lives of those who receive negative press. Just examine or do a fact check of political ads and you’ll find a willful attempt to smear their opponents.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it, 1 Corinthians 10:13.
The apostle Paul speaks of a moment when you have the chance to decide “do I do the right or wrong thing?” At this place in time, Paul learned that you don’t always have to give into temptation. Rather, the Lord does provide an escape route, an option that does not lead to guilt, shame or regret. Therefore, the next time you have an urge to condemn, trash or verbally assault an individual’s character, ask the Lord for discernment. Or else your quick rush to judgement may result in the demise of a strangers reputation.
by Jay Mankus