Sunday, February 21, 2010

Janet Reno, Mister Rogers, the Bible & the Fool

Prove all things, hold fast that which is good. 1 Thess. 5:21.
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. Proverbs 20:26.

I am a fool. Have you ever been lied to and found out later that you'd believed a lie?

Years ago I got an email stating that Janet Reno had said on 60 Minutes that, "all people who believed many of the things which I believe were all part of a dangerous cult." I believed it. And I repeated it till one day someone told me it wasnt true. There was no proof that it had ever been said. I went home and began searching for the truth and sure enough it was not true. I felt like such a fool. I'd heard preachers talk about it from the pulpits and I had believed it.

Then along came Y2K and I believed a lot it. I thought something was probaby going to happen...but it didn't.

I began to realize that most of purveyors of gloom and doom and often anger and division were doing it solely for one reason...that's how they made their money.

I've become quite cynical now of a lot of what I hear and see. I've become good at checking the facts...but I still blow it. I still play the part of the fool.

Recently I spoke with a group of men and I repeated something which I had been seems silly now. I was told that Mister Rogers of Children's TV fame was actually a former Marine and the reason he always wore long sleeves was because he had tattoos all over his arms and he felt that as a role-model he should cover the tattoos.
On my way home that night I realized that I hadnt checked this story for accuracy and I started getting a bad feeling...As soon as I got home I began researching and soon enough discovered that I am just a talebearing fool. I called the next day to apologize to those to whom I had repeated the story.

Today, I was exposed to more stories. Stories about politics which thing I have truly come to detest. Today, I checked my facts first...Thank you Janet Reno, Mister Rogers and the Bible for helping this Fool to remember to Prove All Things.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't there a saying that goes something like, "Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see." Been a long time since I heard that one.