Propaganda, twisted information, outright lies speed through national news and social media like lightning, producing judgement and even death threats against the falsely maligned. Good people are outraged against the falsehoods, good people are outraged because they believe the reports, good people are outraged against people who fall for the falsehoods, good people are outraged against people who don’t believe the news they believe.
People who say not to judge others are judging others severely. People who clamor for freedom to wear what they want are condemning someone for wearing a certain type of hat (which happens to stand for making America great and represents one of the most pro-life presidents in recent history). People who condemn those who speak against homosexuality are giving a pass to those shouting anti-homosexual remarks because they were black and instead attack Catholic boys who defended homosexuals as human beings. People who condemn racial profiling and sexism have immediately condemned caucasian males after seeing a heavily edited video and without knowing the full circumstances of the situation.
How can this be happening? How can the Covington Catholic boys, waiting for a bus to take them home after their pro-life march at the Capital, be caught in this Twilight Zone of hate-filled media attention? Because anti-catholic is vogue, because anti-Trump is vogue, because pro-life is detestable, because being a white male is detestable … at least in the eyes of the current liberal mindset. Those catholic boys put up with horrible slurs hurled their way by the Black Hebrew Israelites, they put up with a guy drumming in their face (who was a known activist), and they tried to drown out the insults and sounds by chanting school cheers.
Why did a heavily edited video that twisted the truth so much as to be untruthful go viral? John 18:38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.” We know Jesus was innocent and Pilate in the end wasn’t really after the truth, he was after pacifying the crowd. Is the media like Pilate? Not really after the truth? Are they out to push an agenda, or pacify a crowd, or create divisions? What happens when innocent people are persecuted?
Christians know, it’s happened before, Jesus was crucified. Injustice happens. And Jesus said it would happen to His followers as well. What is the higher ground? Trust in God. Trust that there will be a resurrection and victory at the end, even if it looks like a horrible injustice has won at first. Trust that truth will prevail at some point in time, speak the truth, hoping others will listen. And then let God act … sometimes the victory will come later, sometimes the victory will come after the cross, maybe we won’t even get to see it until after we’ve died and get to review things from God’s perspective.
But our personal victory here and now will be standing on the higher ground of our christian values, trusting God, and continuing to share the truth. It will make a difference to some (or it might not) but we will have done our duty to God. Those catholic boys did good, they didn’t become aggressive or hurl insults back, and it must have been a weird and confusing situation for them to be in.
And we can pray for the end to the division that is currently going on. The only one who’s happy about people being outraged against each other is the devil; so even though we may want to knock some people up side the head with the truth and have trouble understanding how they can be such idiots falling hook line and sinker for lies, know that others feel the same about us and what we believe. It does no good to let an emotional charge build, instead it’s a time to have the courage to love. Not to love falsehood, we still stand in the truth, but to love our neighbor, to be respectful towards them.
That’s the higher ground and may God grant us the grace to take it.