Blessings Or Curses
Some may remember the TV show entitled “What’s My Line?” (1950–1967). Three contestants all feigned the identity of one person. One was the real person and the other two were pretending. Three celebrity judges would then question them in an attempt to discover the truth. The contestants won if the judges could not determine the truth and the contestants received a prize (a blessing). The judges won by figuring out who the real person was and who was lying. Then there was no prize (a curse). The irony of this show was that the blessing went to the the contestants who successfully deceived the judges.
In everyday life it is really the exact opposite. We each must decide every day whether we will live according to God’s Laws, which are always based in truth, or the ways that lead to falsehoods. Which we choose determines whether our lives will be filled with God’s blessings or not. Therefore, seek out truth! As you read, hear and study, many factors can come into play as to whether or not you are receiving truthful or deceptive information. Even when someone simply leaves out some of the truth, the information might therefore intentionally mislead and really become a falsehood.
Take as an example the struggle in Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) service. Governor Katie Hobbs recently released a “report” that conveniently supports her argument against educational choice and in favor of a public-school-only option. In this article Heritage Foundation’s Matthew Ladner takes her arguments apart, piece by piece, utilizing the truth in whole rather than in part. In another example, tennis great Martina Navratilova was embroiled in a spirited debate over the language used to describe transgender individuals. Her opponent was trans-identifying activist India Willoughby who was complaining that Navratilova was using hurtful language by using the term, “trans-identifying male,” Navratilova, however, stood her ground, stating unequivocally that Willoughby was never and would never be a female. One is speaking from the point of view of truth, the other from falsehood – for they cannot both be correct.
When considering these types of issues, be sure that you are studying with due diligence to sort out the truth from the lies. Think deeply, consider the whole counsel of God’s Word, and do your best to understand both sides before sharing with others. With modern day technology and Artificial Intelligence, it is becoming easier to take the truth and nullify it. In a recent advertisement for the Porsche 911 being filmed in Lisbon, Portugal, the Porsche is shown near the 25th Abril Bridge... And, to the shock of millions, the company digitally erased a famous, Christian landmark. Literally, a statue of Christ. Why not ask, Why? Why not ask, Who? It is up to you to decide what questions to ask and which answers are true.
Remember the words of Deuteronomy 11: 26-30. “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command today by following other gods, which you have not known. When the Lord your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses.”
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