Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
News around the warehouse can be confusing sometimes. Sometimes we don’t understand what was said. Other times we get a message that was already confused. Sometimes it is regarding a job posting. Sometimes it is regarding the employment status of an individual. Sadly, most of it is related to rumors and hear say. How then can we really know what was said and if it was true? Generally speaking, the best way is to go to the source, if it is available.
As confusing as that can be, it can be even worse during an emergency situation. Simple truth, nobody will necessarily have all the information. People will not be certain of who said what or when. It can compound rather quickly when there are conflicting reports regarding the same event. At times like that, it is imperative that you can find out exactly what was said, when it was said, and who said it, and why. However, if the report is wrong, it can cost people their lives.
John the Baptizer roamed the wilderness areas of Judea. He spoke a simple message. However, it was a message that could easily be confused. He was calling the people to repent, say that the kingdom of Heaven was at hand. Jesus would speak a similar message when he began his public ministry after his time of temptation. The message could not be any simplier. However, many who heard it did not understand it. Especially those who were in positions of power over the people and felt they had perfect knowledge. Indeed, the scribes and the Pharisees did have a great amount of knowledge regarding the scriptures, but they lacked understanding.
Perhaps it is not without reason that it is said that “knowledge puffs up a man”. The scribes and the Pharisees knew the writings of Moses and the prophets very well. It could be that when the went to John the Baptizer, they had it in mind to “set him straight”, never minding that John, likely without intention, was fulfilling the words of the prophet Isaiah. John, however, had a rather harsh message for his critics. He called them a “brood of vipers” and told them that they needed to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. This was certainly not a message that they wanted to hear, and would lend itself to John being arrested and ultimately beheaded.
News and information can be used to instruct and correct person who is doing something that is either misguided or just plain wrong. However, the wrong information can set a person on the wrong course, much like a wrong attitude and cause a person to do things to others that are wrong and yet, if like the Pharisees, they are in a position of authority, nobody will be permitted to challenge or question them. When that happens, it is almost impossible to get to the truth of an issue.
Rumors have an unsettling way of disrupting the flow of events. Many times these rumors are started by well intentioned people who do not have full knowledge of the events. Matters little if it is during the course of a normative work day or during an emergency situation where timely information can save lives. Truth is, every effort should be made to find out what the real truth of the matter is and to know what was really said. Nobody likes being in the dark about what is happening. However, that does not give an excuse to take a snippet of unverified information and start a rumor. Instead, whether a supervisor or a person working on the floor, we should all have a chance to find out what was really said and what is really happening. Nobody should ever be in a position of saying “It that what was really said?”
We so often fall to rumors without truth. Please help us to know wisdom and truth and to seek that which is true. May it be that we can go beyond the lies and half truths that we sometimes hear and get to the actual truth of the matter. May your glory shine and your praise ring forth. In Jesus holy name.