From education to business to the nonprofit sector, so many decisions are based on data.
In today’s educational, political, social, religious and anti-religious climate, between good discussions, debates, dialogue, commentary, arguing and talking AT one another… people love to preface and punctuate his or her points with “I HAVE THE FACTS TO BACK ME UP!”
If I learned one thing in my years as a Marketing Manager and professional Copywriter it’s that facts can be both interpreted and applied subjectively.
Every television station, radio station, business etc., can be #1 at the same time to a different demographic.
Medical research can be manipulated and delivered to satisfy the marketing efforts of pharmaceutical companies.
Decisions are made in education based on data, but that objective data is always filtered through subjective evaluations and opinions…always.
Historical facts are presented through particular perspectives that support preferred narratives.
People have twisted God’s absolute truth to satisfy their own agendas and narratives.
People will quickly assume that the facts and research that fits their particular point-of- view as superior.
This is why in a court case, both the prosecution and defense present their OWN experts that support their OWN story…both armed with FACTS.
After those who sought to ‘kill’ Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) presented their ‘facts’, Pilate replied…
John 18:38 (NIV)
38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.(A)
John 14:6 (NKJV)
We must be honest with ourselves when handling ‘facts’ and the ‘truth’. Because ultimately it’s not about us proving we are ‘RIGHT’, but about us being in harmony with God’s truth.