Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty focused on telling the “truth” during his recent annoucement.Â Certainly, that is a noble thought. Good for him if he actually does this.
This word, “truth”, must be an appealing one just now because a religious columnist immediately latched on to it.Â We need “truth” in religion as well, he wrote, instead of the falsehoods being sold by the emerging church.
The falsehood heÂ referred to is the emerging church’s reluctance to declare that sinners go to hell.Â Â The “truth”,Â wrote this fellow, Â is that hell is a real place and sinners will really go there.
That hell is realÂ certainly is a belief, but to put it in the category of “truth” is quite another matter. No one has ever seen hell or heaven.Â Someone telling the “truth” should sayÂ he believes there is a hell, not thatÂ he knows it exists.
It is easy to let things weÂ believeÂ toÂ true to become really true to us.Â One recent place where politics and religion combined to make people believe somethingÂ wasÂ true that was not wasÂ the issue of marriageÂ between gays.
It was said over and over again that gay marriage is a threat to straight marriage. No evidence was ever provided for this. But, gay marriage was voted down in state after state.
Tim Pawlenty gave some examples of issues that he said needed to be addressed truthfully, regardless of the political consequences.Â They involved the federal budget.
It would have been refreshing if he had said, “Gay marriage does not harm straight marriage.”