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For more information, do contact Pastor Chris Hand on (01773) 853180 .

 

LIVING IN A ‘POST-TRUTH’ WORLD

 

It was the Oxford Dictionaries ‘Word of the year’ for 2016 – the expression ‘post-truth’. ‘Post-truth’ captures the idea, that some trend-watchers think is big at the moment, that a lot of people today are not really interested in facts, reality, ‘the truth’, when it comes to making decisions. Instead, so it runs, we base what we decide or do on what we feel about things. So it doesn’t matter to us what really is true. Indeed, the ‘facts’ may be as plain as a pikestaff. But it’s what we feel about a person, or a situation, or some evidence presented to us that counts.

You can do a quick check on yourself to see how ‘post-truth’ a person you are or see whether you are still a bit hung-up on facts. You get up in the morning. Time for breakfast. But wait. Do facts really matter so much? You could forget having your fry-up and instead congratulate yourself that you are not a prisoner of facts. If you feel like you had breakfast, with your two sausages, bacon, egg and tomato, then you have had breakfast. Simples! That should work nicely for you. Especially when, quite unaccountably, you feel ravenously hungry at 11 o’clock. Ah, well. You can tell yourself it is not the fact, whether you had breakfast or not, that counts – it is what you feel that matters. If I am emotionally persuaded I did have breakfast then that should answer back against your inexplicable pangs of hunger.
Try it and see.

Or think about what might happen to you if you walk into a wall. Let’s go down the ‘post-truth’ road. No problem here. Dull old truth, facts, reality - that stuff tells us this is going to hurt if we walk smack into that solid-looking brick wall. But if we are ‘post-truth’, we know better. The facts aren’t the key thing in this – it is what we feel about them. And if we don’t happen to feel impacting a wall is a big deal, then ‘post-truth’ will be a great help to us when we nurse the large bump we seem to have acquired on our head.

OK. Maybe the facts do count. There are facts you simply cannot get away from. You go hungry if you don’t eat. You get a bang on your head if you walk into an immoveable object, like a wall. You may persuade yourself emotionally the facts do not count – but reality will catch up with you.

More seriously, it has been fashionable to suggest that the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ were actually ‘post-truth’ kind of people. For them, it was not the facts that mattered. It was what they felt that counted. So they were emotionally persuaded a miracle, like the resurrection, had happened, even when, as some would say, it obviously hadn’t. Because the facts did not matter to these disciples. They felt the resurrection was true (even when, of course, we all know it wasn’t!). So they were early onset ‘posttruthers’ by this reckoning.

But we run into trouble with this– just like we run into trouble if we deny straightforward facts about whether we have eaten or not, or whether walking into brick wall is a smart move or not. The facts don’t let us play fast and loose with them. And our actions tend to give away what we really think. (Ask yourself how many people you know who deliberately walk into brick walls if you are in doubt on that.) The disciples suffered ridicule, persecution and death because they believed that the resurrection had happened. They did not die because they felt it had happened – that it was a nice, positive sort of idea they could indulge in even though they had no facts to back it up. They died confessing it because they knew it had happened. It was a fact, a truth, a very significant slice of reality, and they were fully persuaded of this because they had met the risen Lord Jesus Christ for themselves.

The Bible does not let us play the ‘posttruth’ game. It insists that it be taken seriously, miracles, resurrections, and all. It does not give us the option of basing our lives on a feeling. It presents us with hard facts. Come and hear more about them at any of our services. You will be most welcome.

COFFEE ON THE LAWN

Our next ‘Coffee on the Lawn’ dates are:

Saturday June 17th: 10.30 – 12.30

Saturday July 15th: 10.30 – 12.30

 

FAMILY SERVICES

Our next Family Services are on:

Sunday June 11th: 10.45 a.m.

Sunday July 9th: 10.45 a.m.

 

Services are held every week as follows -

Sunday Services

10.45 a.m. & 6.00 p.m.

Tuesday Prayer Meeting

7.45 p.m.

Thursday Bible Study

7.45 p.m.

 

CHILDREN’S WORK

Sunday School

Our Sunday School takes place during the Morning Service and if you would like your children to come, they would be welcome at the beginning of the service at 10.45 a.m. when the Pastor gives a Children’s Talk. The Sunday School itself begins at 11.15 a.m. and takes place in the School Room at the rear of the church, which can be found by going down the drive between the shop and the church.

Seekers Club

Most Thursdays we hold a club for young people of Primary School age. There are Bible teachings, games, crafts, quizzes and other activities. The times for those aged 5–7 (Infants) is 5–6 p.m. and for those aged 8 and above (Juniors/Seniors) is 6–7 p.m.

For more details about the Sunday School and the Seekers Club, contact the Pastor on (01773) 853180.

 

To listen to recent sermons from Crich Baptist Church, go to –
www.crichbaptist.org
To hear a recorded message updated weekly about the Christian faith –
ring 020 8749 2109
Remember the ‘Family Page’ on our website at –
www.crichbaptist.org