Prof. David Wheeler – “Truth in Action”
“For my mouth will utter truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.” – Proverbs 8:7
“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements.”
This quote by Thomas Jefferson reveals a cynicism that has surrounded journalism from its inception. Although journalism is grounded in great principles, the work journalists do will sometimes be discredited because of others who have distorted or sensationalized the truth. The truth is not a weapon or a means of control — it is the clear lens journalists hold up to life in order to inform and effect change. Some days, revealing the truth will not be convenient. Some days, revealing the truth will mean you divert your attention from the message everyone else is listening to. But every day, revealing the truth will separate you from the crowd — in the best way possible.
But what makes the truth so unpopular at times? Truth runs parallel to holiness — moral and spiritual excellence. Much like in your relationship with God, truth requires action. If we know about dishonest politicians, money-laundering CEO’s, and social injustices to the poor, we are compelled to do something about it. So it becomes a lot easier to turn a blind eye. When God reveals truth inside of us — the lessons we need to learn, the sins we need to confess, the wounds He needs to heal — we feel conviction until we act on those things.
Walking in truth is difficult at times, but those are the footsteps toward meaningful and lasting change.
- Prof. David Wheeler, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Journalism