DayBreaks for 5/24/16 – The Truth…and Dihydrogen Monoxide
Do you remember how eager you were as a school kid for summer break to finally get here? Summer’s here (or nearly so), and the kids have been counting down the days and weeks for a couple months now. All summer and nothing but swimming, riding bikes, sandlot baseball every day, endlessly playing video games, and vacations. How I loved summer as a kid!
While our kids live in that world this summer we adults will be living in another. There is the economy and the struggle to keep Wall Street and Shady Lane happy and accountable at the same time. There are conflicts within our nation, not to mention the conflicts between nations. If there is one thing I have learned in life it’s that everybody has their own version of the truth.
And we have to try and find the truth among all the truths that present themselves to us. It is very hard these days to know who to believe. Everyone is trying to lead us to their version of truth. In 1997, Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student at Eagle Rock Junior High School in Idaho Falls won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair by showing how conditioned we have become to alarmists spreading fear of everything in our environment through junk science. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “Dihydrogen monoxide” because:
1. It can cause excessive sweating and vomiting.
2. It is a major component in acid rain.
3. It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state.
4. Accidental inhalation can kill you.
5. It contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape..
6. It decreases the effectiveness of automobile brakes.
7. It is found in tumors of terminal cancer patients.
He asked 50 people if they support a ban. 43 said yes, 6 were undecided and only one knew what dihydrogen monoxide is….water.
Truth. Pontius Pilate asked his wife: What is Truth? It’s a question that plagues everyone who tries to do the right thing. Pilate was on to something, but he ultimately asked the wrong question. Instead of “What is truth?”, he would have done better to ask “Who is truth?”, even as the Truth stood in front of him.
Want to know what Truth is? Read about Jesus. Read what he said, learn how he felt about things. But then LIVE the truth…the world desperately needs Christians to do that one thing.
PRAYER: Jesus, our nation and world desperately need to know truth and the One Who is Truth. Help us not to be deceived by our own interpretations, but to find the ultimate Truth in You, Your Word, and Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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