The powerlessness of lies

A quote widely attributed to Christian author C. S. Lewis sets a high standard for honest living: “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody’s watching.” But there’s a 21st-century propaganda technique that takes the opposite approach. It involves doing the wrong thing—lying—in full view. Those using this technique, described as the “firehose of falsehood,” flood various channels, such as news and social media, with a slew of messages made up of partial truths and outright fictions.

Such deception aims to confuse and overwhelm us, so it demands alertness to avoid either adopting such lying narratives or reacting to them. While praying about that need recently, I thought about the phrase “firehose of falsehood.” I saw that it’s also an apt way to describe the flood of false assertions we are all continuously faced with—for instance, that we are material beings, subject to lack and limitation, governed by a mortal and self-centered mentality, and “without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). 

Truth you can trust
April 12, 2021

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