This tweet from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is true.
Lies are contrary to the truth and are not just mere opinions.
As a Christian I want to seek, believe, and even defend the truth.
Here is the thing, it isn’t always easy to tell what the truth is.
For example, I like to say that love is the central command of Christianity and the resurrection is the central truth of Christianity.
I believe the resurrection of Jesus is true and not a lie. There are different pieces of evidences that I use to support that belief.
Yet, there are very smart people who will offer their evidence on why the resurrection never happened.
In other words, there is a difference of opinion when it comes to how we arrive at something being truth or a lie.
I bring this example up because I think many things within the realm of politics fall into this same sort of category. When trying to arriving at what is true, we have to discuss our perspective about why we believe something is true or not.
It is not good enough to simply declare something to be true or false. We need to be wiling to share our thoughts and listen to why someone else believes what they do.
To simply declare something to be true or false causes dialogue to end and division between people to increase.
Here is another example.
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 a violent mob stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D. C.
That is a statement that virtually everyone would agree to be true.
What isn’t agreed about, and the areas of opinion that should be discussed are:
- Whether that mob was incited by President Trump?
- Was it an insurrection or coup attempt?
- What defines someone as a domestic terrorist?