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Pastor's Commentary

What is Truth
Monday, June 29 2020


            Most folks watching the events of the day are no doubt wondering like me; what’s next to make the world scene? Many years ago a guy was being interviewed in California during some very tragic events said; we have earthquakes, a deluge of rain, mudslides, and then he said; what’s next; locusts? His thoughts concerned Biblical proportions, no doubt. It seems sometimes when bad things happen, it comes in droves. With the mass media we have nowadays, bad news travels far too fast, what was once a localized story; can become a worldwide event. And that is part of the problem I see in our day and time, before stories can be corroborated as to accuracy and truth, the story has already hit the wire and opinions have been formed, the juries of the world have passed their judgment, good or bad, results follow.

            The title to this article is taken from the infamous words of one; Pontus Pilate. The occasion was when at Jesus’ trial, He stood before the Roman Governor and was asked the now famous words; “What is Truth”? If you have ever read the account, take note, Jesus never told him what truth was. At that point, Pilate turned and went back out to the crowds and said; I find in Him no fault at all. It may be debated why Jesus didn’t answer Pilate, concerning the word truth; perhaps it was because Jesus had already given the answer prior. Jesus said He was the way, the “truth” and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Him. And two thousand years later I now find myself asking the same question, but modifying it a little, does anyone care what truth is anymore? I have been around for over seven decades, and I have witnessed this personally, truth has been cast down, denigrated to the trash heap of time. When I was a kid growing up, truth meant something, a good tanning of the britches if dad caught me in a lie, or eating a bar of soap if I lied to mom. There was a time when a man’s hand shake was his bond, he was as good as his word, and he would rather die than renege on his word, (almost). A man’s word/s are only as good as the man who spoke them, I am still that way, the truth must be told, good, bad, or indifferent, you’ll feel better in the end.

            We live in a day and time when mass information is at our fingertips, a keyboard and a few clicks, and you can have a world of information before you. One would think with all this information available, we would be the better for it. But the opposite seems to be the normal. Let’s go to an older version of Webster’s Dictionary (70s) to find the definition of truth. The word true and truth go hand in hand; true= that agrees with fact, not false, real, genuine, that can be trusted, faithful, loyal. Truth= the quality of fact being true, honest, sincere, accurate, real facts. As one can see, truth is a virtuous element to ones well being. The Lord says; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. To that I would say; is it possible that people have cast down the truth to their own detriment and are suffering the consequences of their actions? If people are made free by not only knowing the truth, but walking in truth, then people can be in bondage to a lie for rejecting the truth, is that true? This statement is true; so many people tell untruths that they no longer know what truth is. This old one-liner has been around for a long time; if you hear a lie long enough, you will believe it true.

How has this affected not only us as a people personally, but all of us as a Nation? An example; there was at one time a push for what was called; truth in advertising, where you had to fairly represent the product you were selling. I well remember the days in buying a used car; the salesmen would not divulge the minuses of his vehicle as much as the pluses, I’m OK with some of that, just don’t lie to me. Have you ever seen a car broke down on the side of the road with a paper-tag? That can only mean one thing, some poor soul got took, bought junk. This has been rampant for far too long, where is truth in anything? Since media seems to control the masses far more than it should, they have not only a responsibility, but a mandate to tell the “unbiased truth”. I have no ax to grind here, but far too many believe everything they see and hear, that used to be called gullibility. And this has a very negative connotation upon any society. There was an article I read many years ago that said; he that controls the language; controls the people. This is why free speech is so important as guaranteed in the 1st Amendment. When controlled news outlets run biased news, so often, people can and often believe a lie. However when and with counter views, the truth is meted out or exposed, the wise person can see the light of truth and make a quality decision based on actual facts and not illusion. In another source of much misinformation that affects the masses is in the Political realm. There seems no level low enough to reach to get votes, or to stay in office for many politicians. The spinners of lies and mud casting, is at epidemic levels. This has had a devastating effect upon this Country, so much that many “good” people are fed up with the voting system and all those that run for office and departing the system all together. That bodes well for those political proponents that promote free handouts to all who do vote for them. When a people no longer believe what a politician says, they lose faith in the system. I believe that is one of the biggest reasons our beleaguered President has been under such an attack his whole Presidency, he was not a politician, the last thing a career politician wants is non- politician to show he can do a much better job than they can. There are so many examples of lies being promoted it is become epidemic. I just read where a statue of George Washington was toppled and desecrated, the Father of our Nation. This was an act of a select few that have bought into a lie, that somehow this person’s negatives outweighed his pluses; so therefore; he must be removed. And it seems the Authorities have bought into a lie as well, that these vigilantes are nice people, and must all bow down to them, because they are right and all the rest of the decent folks are in the wrong. Yes, believing a lie can place one in serious bondage, maybe a whole Country to a bunch of folks that could care less about our Country.

There are many examples of lies causing some serious side effects that could otherwise have been averted. Is it possible a lie could literally start a world war? I would find that hard to believe, until I saw this on German TV. When President Trump paid a visit to the Leader of North Korea, President Kim, something came out of that meeting that was very disturbing. The News outlet showed a video of what looked to be Pres. Trump; he was talking about the meeting with Kim. And another video was of Kim talking about Trump. What was the problem with that you may as; it was an animated video, neither person said what was said. It was digitally manufactured, all a lie. The Newscasters even talked of the seriousness of such an activity. Putting words in people’s mouths, they never said, incredible. Move the Doomsday clock again if this becomes the norm.

The last thing I wanted to mention about lies is more serious than all I have shared up until this point. There is a lie that has been promoted upon mankind for quite some time, but now in these last days, (Per God’s Word) has gained a lot of ground. The lie I’m speaking of is; there is no God, (big G). This one particular lie has a lot of appeal, people like the idea of no God, no answer to God, and no judgment; just do what seems right in your own eyes attitude. But there is one problem with that thinking; there is God, make no mistake about that. Just like when Jesus was asked; What is Truth; He was the Truth, and truth speaks for itself. Here is another truth, be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. When we sow a life of lies, we live in an illusion of no consequences, but here is another truth; justice delayed, is not justice denied. The lies that are spoken to the women who seek to terminate the little life within, told it’s just a blob of tissue, a lie from hell itself, it’s a life. This thing about lies and lying has its origin in none other than the devil himself. God said he was a liar, and the father of lies, no doubt the reason that lies are so prevalent. The Lord speaks of a time in end of days when lies seem to be descending to new depths. With the rise of an anti-christ spirit, the Lord says this; and with all unrighteous deception of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they received not “the love of the truth”, that they might be saved. And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusion, “that they should believe a lie”; that they all might be condemned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (II Thessalonians 2:10-12). Did you notice the part about “that they should believe a lie, because they refused to believe the truth”? It seems that this is what has happened in our day and time. If that is not true, you tell me how in the world people claim a baby almost full term just before birth can be murdered and that is not the taking of a life. What I’m talking about is the willful and deliberate act of receiving lies over truths, it will have devastating consequences.

The truth is, God will judge the people and the Nations of the world. What do you believe; will it be the scientists, the news media, perhaps the plunderers of the land? The world is full of lies and all manner of evil; but, the truth is the only thing that will set you free. Blessings

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

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You might be wondering what prompted the writing of this bodacious quotation book? What better time than now to be reminded of how both essential and fragile our country is. America is experiencing one of its darkest periods in recent history.  For over three years, we have witnessed some truly vicious and ugly political unrest.

          A ceaseless cacophony of accusations, innuendo, and intrigue have kept those in Washington and the media ever busy. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, to watch the daily news and social media, one would never know that the stock market had hit all-time highs numerous times in the last 54 months, or we’d had the lowest unemployment numbers in decades, and the lowest unemployment rate among blacks ever!  President Trump also renegotiated trade deals that  were fairer to America.

          Then, in January 2020, our nation was rocked when the Coronavirus landed on our shores and ended our way of life as we know it. Soon there were daily press briefings from the White House and various doctors. Each day virus information was plentiful, contradictory, and confusing. People were dying. We heard that hospitals were going to be overrun with COVID cases.

          The army set up hospital tents in various cities to handle the tens of thousands that were expected to land there. It didn’t happen. Hospitals were going to be inundated and unable to care for all of the sick. The army hospitals were never used – not one patient was seen in many of these. They were eventually dismantled. What happened? All non-essential surgeries and doctors’ visits were canceled. Hospitals were virtually emptied. And now? Many health care workers have been terminated or furloughed because the hospital's operating capital has vanished.    

           Now, thousands have died! Our elderly, who were not adequately protected in nursing homes, have had the most significant number of deaths. The actual numbers of COVID deaths cannot be relied upon because of highly questionable methodologies for assigning the cause of death. The rationale for this might be related to government funding to hospitals for each COVID case.     Time will tell as we compare data from previous years for various causes of deaths to see if the other numbers are in line with past years, OR if there's been a sharp decline in other categories, and they have been pushed into the COVID category.  And, suddenly, in the last several weeks, cases have begun to spike again. There is substantial debate on if it’s because many more people are getting tested. There is so much information out there – unreliable at best, that there’s no sense in discussing it at this point.

          Governors in many states issued draconian lock-down orders threatening people with arrests and the closure of businesses, or cancellation of necessary licenses if they didn’t abide by these rules. Masks and gloves were donned, not in hospitals, but stores and any public places. We even saw a parent handcuffed and arrested in front of his little girl because he dared to play ball with her in an empty field. A salon owner was arrested and jailed for opening her salon to pay her bills and put food on her table. Many other Gestapo tactics, such as these, were used to keep people in line. YES, I am talking about America!

            Americans have turned against one another. Some believe everything that the CDC, World Health Organization, and government say. Others believe there is a conspiracy to subjugate the people as a test to see how much they'll tolerate and for how long. It's been, in my opinion, a phenomenal success. People hate each other more than ever. Make no mistake; the various powers have observed very carefully to see how we've all responded. Unfortunately, it's been too much for many, and suicides have skyrocketed. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs to cope with the crisis have also gone up dramatically (as if we didn't already have an opioid epidemic.)

          Younger Americans seem to be suffering more than most from deep depression, isolation, and loneliness.  I find this completely paradoxical since they are the generation that is so disconnected from one-on-one relationships, and so completely connected to their phones and other electronic devices. You can’t sit in the same room, or at the same table with them, without sharing their time with their hand-held devices! And yet, they are  the ones suffering from their own self-created lack of meaningful relationships with others.  

           The mainstream media, who now chooses to cherry-pick what they report, excluding vital details, has become an op-ed machine rather than a fair and unbiased media. What was once the actual news is now a daily dose of propaganda. And fear mongering. I once believed everything I heard on the evening news! I now question absolutely everything I hear on the evening news! I have no faith in the honesty, integrity, or intentions of what is being "reported." Who exactly can we turn to for the facts and not opinions? I don't know.

           Just when we were beginning to see the light, and the states were opening things back up, one rogue cop, caught in the horrendous act of murdering a black man by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes, captured the country’s attention.  The anger and outrage at this injustice rocked every corner of our nation. But, within the black community, it ignited a firestorm of rage and anger. That moment symbolized, for many, both black and white, the brutality of a small percentage of police that has unfairly tarnished ALL police officers. To believe this of an entire segment of people is blatantly untrue and unfair.

           That was the tinderbox that erupted into the scenarios we are now witnessing, hour by hour, day after day, that could be right out of the movie “Escape from New York.”  Cities are burning. Businesses looted. People are being shot, and armed citizens are patrolling their neighborhoods to keep looters out and their areas safe with their weapons.

          A six-block area has been taken over by anarchists. Checkpoints have been established for entering and exiting, and there are check-points to allow people in or out. They are extorting business owners, and the Mayor of Seattle seems to think it’s a “summer block party.”  I guess she is not aware that a new country has been set up in a six-block area now known as CHAZ/CHOP – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. You can’t make this stuff up!

          All across our country,  statues and monuments are being defaced and torn down – while those in charge sit on their hands and let the anarchists destroy America, insisting there is nothing they can do. Every day the frenzy continues as the calls for changing names of military bases, schools, colleges, sports teams, etc., escalates. It is complete insanity.

           Right on cue, the media and politicians have seized upon the opportunity to stoke the coals of division and hatred. I cry for our nation and what we have allowed ourselves to become.  I don't know the people seen on T.V. I don't come in contact with the level of black, or white,  Americans seen on there – they don't represent those with whom I daily interact.  People with thinking brains understand that these broad generalizations are not only untrue, but inherently harmful to us individually, and collectively as a nation.    

          Many officials of these large cities have refused to address the rioters and insist upon calling them, protesters. They seem to have limited knowledge of vocabulary for no one in their right mind would equate a protester and a rioter who burns, loots,  and harms people, as the same thing.        The very thing that the black community, what all communities need, are jobs and businesses. Now, thousands have seen their streets and businesses burned and destroyed, some of which will never return. Those jobs are permanently lost.  Those black communities will again know the pains of hopelessness and living in burned-out hulls of their former cities.

           But take hope. While all of this has happened, America's elite have raised over twenty million dollars – wait for it – not to help rebuild those cities, but to bail out the “protesters” who have destroyed those cities. Yes, this is where we are. There seems to be no help for those who work and play by the rules. No support is arriving from Hollywood elites and wealthy athletes for those people. One must question why?

           I’m watching this and feeling astounded, and at times utterly hopeless. The Washington leadership (can we call it that?) is still dividing us, still trying to rush through bills that are an atrocity, and I'm thinking to myself, has pandering and appeasement ever gotten anyone anywhere?'  Has that given people jobs and hope? Has that lifted them out of poverty? And, I feel, most importantly, has that increased their self-respect and self-reliance?  That I can answer with a resounding NO! To deny any human being the chance to work and produce, to feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done, is to deny a basic human need – to feel valued.

          I don’t understand all of the machinations of politics (I couldn’t sleep at night if I did). I do know one thing as a person who loves their country – that we can’t, we must not give up on America. Too many people have given their lives for our America. We are in a fight for the very soul of this country. That might sound dramatic, but it is a fact. Many want to tear it apart – rebuild it into what they “envision” would be a better place. The founding fathers had a profoundly inciteful vision for the greatest country that the world has ever known. They knew history, and they sought to use their knowledge to create a more perfect union. (Where have we heard that before?)

            There are days when I question everything. At moments I give up hope and want to surrender. Times when I think if that is what THEY want, then they can have it. But it is not ours to give away! We owe a debt to our country to protect it from enemies, both foreign and domestic. That is our duty as a patriotic American who is willing to speak up and stop the insanity.

           I call upon my strong faith in God, knowing that whatever He has in store, He is with us. When America turned Him out of their schools, their homes, and their hearts, our decline began.  That is what happens when we shrugged our shoulders and said, “Oh well, what can you do?” Or, “Live and let live.” Now you can see the left doesn’t want people to live and let live. They want to control us. There seems to be no middle ground. This indeed is something new.

            I have seen the thousands of crosses marking graves of our soldiers who fought for democracy around the world and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I mourn with families who have known the pain of losing those heroes. I remind myself that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that America is a country of citizens who deserve to live in peace and prosperity, fellowship, and understanding. Abraham Lincoln was well aware, as our country teetered on the brink of civil war, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  (Mark 3:25)

            America is equivalent to a marriage. Sometimes we see all the best she has to offer, and we're starry-eyed and optimistic. Other times, we see everything as irreconcilable and dark. Then, it's as though we would like a divorce.  But saving America is worth the fight. We have a lot of work ahead of us. A great deal of understanding and healing needs to be done.

          We need to commit to providing more opportunities for all. And, more of a commitment to make each person responsible for their actions. We must step up to the plate and take personal responsibility – stop pointing the finger and passing the buck. Even though it seems impossible through the lens of the current crisis, I do believe in miracles. It's going to take courage, strength, consistency, fairness, rules for all, and laws that everyone must follow - not just a few. It will also necessitate a commitment from those in Washington to come together and serve America – not themselves. I don’t believe they will do that willingly. Their strength lies in our discord!

            How could I express all of these thoughts and feelings in a small book? I've always been enamored with quotations! With just a few carefully chosen words strung together like a beautiful strand of pearls, they present a profound concept. These BODACIOUS quotations have been hand-picked for an important point or reminder about freedom, honesty, politicians, government, personal duty, economics, liberty, and above all else, man's responsibility to think for himself. History has gifted us with brilliant people, whose insightful reasoning and words of wisdom have proven ageless. They deserve to be heard once again as valuable reminders to each of us.

          It is my sincere hope that you will become even more bodacious in your patriotism. I hope that you will find meaningful ways to become a better, more involved citizen. I pray that this will stimulate conversation and inspire each of you to understand your unique "Power of One" and step into your new bodacious life! America is depending upon you.


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