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The process of spinning the numbers has evolved into an art form in the modern age.
A couple of days ago I listened to a news report with a heated debate between two representatives to congress over the immigration issue in the United States. One side declared our porous border to the south was a highway for drug and sex trafficking. The other side of this debate cited statistical data they proposed was irrefutable proof that this trafficking existed and was coming from that region of the continent, but instead was coming through the ports of entry.
The truth was likely somewhere in-between. Perhaps if we knew the whole story, the facts would lean more to one side’s position than the other, but the point was, neither side could fully quantitate their opinion.
This has become the standard for political debate today. Each side of the argument takes positions that are extreme and over inflated to invoke a response from the public. Then they attempt to back up that position with a statistical reference that can support their claim.
The believability and the outrageousness is blended as best as possible and the side that has the most convincing presentation, must be the truth, they have quantitative proven their facts.
Meanwhile, in the morgue
If we reflect on the opening of this devotional, we can see that just because there are numbers involved that are irrefutable, the data isn’t quantitative unless is surrounded by unequivocal parameters.
The politician that stated that the border was a highway for trafficking may have been correct that there was a significant percentage of this activity that entered the US between the ports of entry. We really can’t be certain of the claim unless we had a statistical certainty we had captured all the data for all the crossings along the border.
Likewise, the politician that had numbers to back up their claim with percentages showing the vast majority of trafficking was taking place through those ports of entry, was espousing flawed information also, because they had no way to consider all the data.
Both people were statistically deceptive because their proof positive that their focus was the problem could not be substantiated as statistically accurate.
See, the truth is boring. It doesn’t sizzle. People will not pay attention to our argument if we confused them with the all the facts. So, it becomes expedient to narrow the facts to only the ones that support our position.
Spinning in the church
Unfortunately, this creative fact building isn’t only going on in the political arena. It is happening in our churches and even in the lives of those who claim to be following Christ Jesus.
I fully believe this popular way of quantitation of our facts has fostered a wave of apostasy in the church today, at levels that has never been experienced.
I will tell you I can’t quantify my position on this matter, but I can give you the reason I believe this to be true. I don’t know all that have diverted from the truth, but I see those that have, and they appear to have enumerated in greater numbers than any other point in history I can identify.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
John 14:6-7 (CSB)
The only thing that is solid enough for me to place my faith and trust in is Jesus and His Word. There are many faithful followers of Jesus that are in peril today because they are following some mega church preacher that has subjected them to spiritual spin and apostasy.
They willingly follow these snake oil salespeople’s every word because it sounds pretty, and they are reassured that their flesh is just fine in the eyes of God. I’m okay, you’re okay, God is love and mercy. That is their mantra.
Brothers and sisters do not believe every word that is spoken from every pulpit and podium. Do not take to heart that every writer or teacher is telling you the quantitative truth until all the facts are in evidence to back their claim.
That can only happen when they have based their words on the Word of God.
No additions, no supplements, no detractions. The pure unadulterated Word of God.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (CSB)
Be ever so wary of these charlatans that teach a false gospel. They espouse facts that are not evident in the scripture and have circumvented the Word of God.
If anyone teaches false doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:3-6 (CSB)
God’s Word remains true. It is the ultimate truth. There is no prophet or apostle today in our midst. We were left with a commission and are equipped with the scripture that “is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
This Word of God which was inspired by God and not man is “Quantitative”
In His Grace,