Tonight at the writer’s group I attend we had a visiting author who did a splendid job from which I learned quite a bit and was powerfully reminded of one of my core values…truth. I have always believed the truth is where you find it. It is true the devil will tell a thousand truths to sell a single lie, but that does not diminish the truth.
Our author told how a revision was needed for a book he/she had written because it contained a quote by Joe Paterno, who resigned his head coaching position at Pitt because of a sexual cover-up by his office. I understand the political correctness needed to sell books…I don’t necessarily think it’s for me, but I understand it. My question, largely mumbled to myself was, “Was it no longer true because we don’t like who said it?”
A great many liberals, dwelling in their imagined state of self-styled perfection, will try to tell you the words of men like Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Churchill, and Patton no longer matter because they did not practice modern political correctness, or put aside personal opinions in favor of the country.
Dear readers, the truth never changes. Perceptions change, opinion changes, social acceptability may even change, but truth never does. The actions of the speaker may not rate our approval, but neither his life nor do his decisions, past or future, alter the truth. The truth is a solid rock upon which we can stand because it will not shift underfoot and let us fall.
Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, yet he played the fool. But, in the end he left a sound word of truth that all his folly can never erase.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear (reverence) God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil.”