We live in a time when telling the truth is not fashionable, when it’s considered a little gauche (unsophisticated, awkward) to speak the truth plainly. More than that it’s considered a little old-fashioned to talk about truth at all. As far as many are concerned, there’s “your truth” and “my truth” but as a culture and as Christians influenced by the broader culture, we’ve become increasingly reluctant to talk about objective truth. I have the strong impression that there is a growing reluctance to say the truth for fear of the consequences. There’s some reason for that. Think of the Twitter mob that besieged a PR exec for a tweet for what was a poorly-worded tweet, a hip attempt to be ironic, or a comment in bad taste. Whatever her intent, she posted the tweet before she got on the plane and was she was fired from her job before she landed.
Of course there are challenges in getting to the truth. There is a subjective element. Knowledge is personal (Michael Polanyi). People study and tell truth and so there are mistakes and there is revision. Nevertheless, there is truth and we all know it and we can say it. Here’s a post on the problem of subjectivism. Of course there is truth. There is traffic. Your subjective experience does not change the reality of the car bearing down on you. The objective reality is that you must move or get hit.
So, in light of the drift of the culture and the Christian accommodation to that drift, it has been interesting to watch Ben Sasse’s campaign for the U. S. Senate from Nebraska. It almost seems like more than a campaign for political office. There may be a reason for that. You might know Ben as co-editor, with James Montgomery Boice, of Here We Stand: A Call From Confessing Evangelicals For a Modern Reformation (1996; repr. 2004). Since that time he’s earned a PhD, served in the Bush Administration, and served as president of Midland College, among other things. As we say back home, he’s a go-getter. My interest in the video is in his willingness to stand up and say, “This is what I think” and to do so without equivocation. It has some nice footage of Nebraska and that’s always a good thing.