Seeing Is Not Believing

Isaiah 11:3-5

And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

Isaiah is speaking of the Messiah.  If you read further into chapter 11, specifically verses 6 through 9, you will read about the peace that the Messiah will bring to the world.  What I wanted to write about is what Isaiah is saying in verses 3 through 5, and how they apply to the present, especially with all the technology and how easy it is to manipulate the truth.

In the second part of verse 3 Isaiah writes:

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,

How true is that today? I had a history or social studies teacher (not sure what they call it today) when I was about 13 years old.  I haven’t forgotten what he told us one day in class.  He said, “don’t believe anything you read and only half of what you see.”

Now this was in the days before Photoshop and video.  Pictures were taken on film and then had to be developed in a dark room before they were submitted to the news outlet or publication for print or broadcast.  The only real editing you could do was either stage the photo before you took it, or crop out what you didn’t want people to see.  If you were really good you could use double exposure, air brush and stuff like that, but that took time.  All the moving pictures were also on film that had to be developed.  So again, other than staging the action and editing out frames you really could not do a whole lot more.

Even in such technologically limited times, organization and individuals were still able to bend the truth with words and pictures to fit their narrative.  Comrades could be in a picture with Stalin one day and gone the next.

Stalin Airbrush

Today the possibilities and ease of manipulation are endless.  The technology required to make something appear to be what it isn’t, is not only available to major corporations, it’s available to everyone and you’d don’t need a white lab coat and a degree on the wall to figure it out.  It’s so easy a ten year old can do it.

But even back in the ancient times, Isaiah knew of man’s willingness to bend the truth.  Isaiah knew man will take the truth and make it fit the agenda.  Through covetousness man is willing to manipulate what is heard and seen by others so it benefits that which is desired.

Righteousness is how the Messiah will judge man, not by watching new reports or reviewing their social media accounts.  But the sad story for today is, this is how we judge each other.  We watch agenda driven content.  We review our social media, full of gossip and rhetoric and we pick what fits our idea of truth.

Through technology we are removing the heart of man.  Through the heart of man, righteousness is found and through righteousness we discover the truth.

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