Post-Truth?

Dictionary definition of the word Truth.

You’ve been waiting breathlessly for it and, now, here it is — the venerable Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 “Word of the Year”!

It is (drumroll)…”post-truth.”

(Silence)

Say what?

You may be thinking, “Hmmm, that’s not exactly what I had in mind. What does “post-truth” mean anyway, and why did Oxford single out that word? And what difference does it make for me or my company?”

Well, Oxford says the term denotes “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Apparently, they were impressed enough by its increased use in politics, on talk shows, and in pop culture to bestow upon it this year’s title. As trivial as this announcement sounds, the real question raised by it is actually of utmost importance:

Is anything really, completely, absolutely true anymore, or does everything instead depend on what others think and feel?

At Corporate Chaplains of America, we want you to know that absolute truth remains the cornerstone of our ministry — specifically, the absolute truth of God’s Word, the Bible, which authoritatively tells us the life-changing Good News of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

That truth isn’t affected by what people think or feel. It stands unchanged and unchanging for the ages. It’s the only message under heaven by which a person can be delivered from sin and receive eternal life, as well as find lasting peace and purpose here and now.

That truth is what our trained, caring chaplains communicate in over 1,100 workplaces across our nation to over 100,000 employees day in and day out, 24/7/365.

That truth is what meets people in their deepest needs for forgiveness, hope, and transforming power. Yet more and more people in workplaces across our land don’t know it and haven’t experienced it, and their lives, both outside and inside the workplace, reflect the wreckage and ruin that accompany separation from God.

As we go forward into 2017, we need your prayers for this ministry of truth in a world where truth — specifically, the truth of God’s Word — is under attack. If you haven’t already done so, would you consider becoming a Prayer Advocate in our United States of Prayer, joining with others who are asking for God’s help and blessing on this ministry? We would really appreciate it.

We’d also welcome the opportunity to pray about the concerns on your heart as this New Year begins. Contact us here and let us know how we can join you in seeking God’s best in your own life and workplace.

In his latter days, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to his younger co-laborer Timothy:

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

Sounds a lot like today, doesn’t it? But then he said:

“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:3-5

Please let us know if you will commit to partner with us in this work that’s needed across our nation…now more than ever.

God bless you,

Corrected Signature Preston

2 thoughts on “Post-Truth?

  1. Preston this is one of your most relevant articles I have read. Thank you for standing for and speaking truth…even in a day in which many do not want to hear it or believe it. My prayers are with you as you lead CCA in this ministry that is meeting needs in the workplaces of America. Blessings my friend! Jim Mullen

  2. Great post, Mr P. The separation of people from reality (The Word = Truth = reality) and our insatiable desire for distraction through ‘entertainment’, is evident at all levels of our current culture. Paul asked a rhetorical question of the Galatians (3:1) about being ‘bewitched’, knowing full well, their/our propensity to ‘love darkness’ (John 3:19). A quick review of Romans 1 brought verses 18 and 21 into perspective for me. Unbelievers may not know why they are always miserable, but living for Jesus has changed my life….and finally (at age 60) given me purpose. Thanks for the email. Happy New Year to you and CCA.

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