The times they are a-changin.
We look around, and can’t help but wonder what happened? From gender identity to ‘curing’ Downs syndrome (by abortion) – it seems like so many people embrace painfully obvious untruths.
But, it’s important to note that our culture didn’t get here overnight. It took thousands of little lies to snowball into a big one.
It’s easy for us to fall into the trap of believing that “they” fell for the lie and we haven’t. We can easily stand on the sidelines and say shew, glad that wasn’t me. But #1, maybe that is us, and #2, it certainly could become us.
When it comes to our personal lives, we can justify almost any little untruth. Ask a high schooler – why did you do such-and-such? Because we’re in love. (When you’re in love, you seem to think you get all the exceptions.) There are plenty of teachings that we know where the Church stands, but we simply refuse to practice them because it doesn’t fit our lives.
This can lead down a dangerous path. We must be aware when we are accepting untruths, and turn back on course.
We owe it to ourselves, to God, and to others to stand for truth, no matter how small. Because in a culture without truth or where truth is invented by the individual, it cultivates a subculture of lies, manipulation, and deceit (sound familiar?).
Be on the lookout for the little untruths in our own lives, and stomp them out. A culture changes when it’s people change, whether that’s for good or bad. Let’s make it for good.
Be the Men.