The Oxford English Dictionary has named ‘post-truth’ the international word of the year.
This is not surprising given that the Brexit vote and US election were enmeshed in what is being called post-truth politics.
Let’s face it – there is so much ‘post-truth’ around.
The rise of social media has been fuelled by people who claim to write the truth – yet there are so many lies and untruths in social media.
In the Bible, God is called the God of truth. The apostle John describes Jesus as ‘the Word become flesh’ who came to earth and lived among us.
He said, “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
From politics to personal life, what more do we want for Christmas than people who will tell us the truth?
There is much in our world which is post-truth – but remember at Christmas time we celebrate the truth of Jesus – the God of truth, who declares ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’.
Dr Glenn N Davies
Archbishop of Sydney
Meanwhile the media are far more interested in comments the Archbishop made to a newspaper…
SYDNEY’S Anglican Archbishop has blamed the politically correct anti-Christmas push on elite, inner-city grinches who he accuses of stifling freedom of expression.
Archbishop Glenn Davies blasted the removal of traditional Christmas references as a “great folly”. It follows the state government tearing down banners saying “very merry” and avoiding the term “Christmas”.
There have also been anecdotal reports of carols being dropped from school and community celebrations, or words being changed to wish people “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas”.
Dr Davies said the politically correct push was coming from the “sort of hip, avant-garde, elitist set who think they’re the nouveau intelligentsia”.“This kind of ideology comes from the left or should I say, the far left,” he said, adding that it would threaten both freedom of religion and freedom of speech if it continued to grow.
“The politically correct vanguard of secularists are basically trying to conform people to their particular pattern of speech and belief,” he said.
Dr Davies said taking issue with Christian-related carols was “madness” and singled out the Fairness in Religions in Schools group, which campaigns against religious carols such as Silent Night being sung in public schools.
No matter what you think about that, you’ve got to love the cartoon they added at the bottom of the piece:
feature image: Russell Powell sydneyanglicans.net