Every year, the Merriam-Webster dictionary selects a Word of the Year, one which encompasses the popular language of the time. I was looking back over that list recently and was humored to find that the Word of the Year for 2006 was “truthiness.” The Webster’s Dictionary defines this word as:
Truthiness, n. the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.
Apparently, after some research, I was able to find out that the word was first coined by Stephen Colbert in order to describe the bending of the truth by politicians. While I can ‘t argue with Mr. Colbert on his assumption of the “truthiness” of politicians, I would have to propose that this malady of bending the truth is far more prevalent than we’ll ever know. This isn’t the first time, though, that we’ve been warned of this problem.
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
(2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Paul gave this warning to a young protégé of his while instructing him to preach the truth (2 Timothy 4:1-2). And it still rings true today. Many across the Christian world are falling into gospels of falsehood and the trap that was set by themselves. People create a faith most comfortable for them and then find a preacher or church who will make them feel good about their convictions. That’s not the gospel spoken of in the Bible. And there’s no such thing as “truthiness.” Remember, it was Jesus himself who said, “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew 12:30).
As for me, I’ll live on the side of truth. It’s the only side I can really trust.