Have you heard this before … he who controls the narrative controls the influence? I heard this repeatedly recently when recording a discussion on race. It is true in all walks of life … whoever controls the narrative in the culture controls how people think.
After all the riots in Minneapolis, there was a call for the city to fire the Police Federation President, Bob Kroll. There was such intensity on this issue even my local neighborhood association supported that move. Yet, no one talked to Bob Kroll, nor did they come up with reasons why he should be fired. They were even demanding that Bob’s wife, a weekend anchor at a local TV station, should be fired. It all was part of a smear campaign to get rid of him and his family from having any influence in the Twin Cities. I listened to a recorded interview with Bob Kroll recently and after listening to his side of the issue, it made no sense why anyone would want him fired. These people just wanted Bob Kroll gone. Why? I believe it is because he is a conservative and supports President Trump. I detest this cancel culture that has been created … that if you aren’t on our side, you must be destroyed. The Bible tells us there is another side to every issue, and it is the other side that is often missing today.
Proverbs 18:17 Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight.
The problem most of us have today is verification of what we hear. All stories have three elements:
1. The fact
2. The opinion
3. The bias
Look at how many times the CDC has changed their minds in their attempts to manage the pandemic. Even today, the narrative remains the same, “if we don’t follow the rules, the pandemic will kill more people.”
1. The fact: there is a virus.
2. The opinion: it will kill more people if we don’t follow the rules.
3. The bias: this can be used politically to influence voters this fall.
I have learned that there are two designations found in life:
1. There is the truth
2. There is the lie
Everything we do is broken down in this simple fashion. There is only one truth, and that is God, and all lies are based upon misinformation or distortion of the truth.
So, when we take in all the various types of information in the course of the day, how much of it is really true, and how much of it is based upon a lie? From LieSpotting here is a sampling of how many times we are lied to in a day:
1. Humans are lied to as many as 200 times a day.
Social psychologist Jerald Jellison of the University of Southern California published this figure in his 1977 book, “I’m Sorry, I Didn’t Mean To, and Other Lies We Love To Tell.” The hard-to-believe figure, which of course includes the many innocent “white lies” we hear each day, was given further credence in a 2002 study by Robert Feldman of the University of Massachusetts, who found that on average, people told two to three lies in a ten-minute conversation.
2. Humans detect lies with only 54% accuracy.
Our shockingly poor performance at lie detection is just slightly better than if we were to blindly guess. In all of the aggregated studies about how well we detect lies vs. truths, we have never fared better than 57% accuracy. The largest review, encompassing results from 206 academic studies that involved 24,000 individual judgments of lies and truths, found our mean performance to be 54%.
3. Between 75% and 82% of lies go undetected.
Separate studies led by deception researchers Aldert Vrij and Bella DePaulo found that the overwhelming majority of lies went undetected.
4. Of the lies we tell, 25% are for someone else’s sake.
Lies fall into three broad categories: those we tell for our own benefit, those that benefit someone else, and those that benefit both ourselves and others. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that at least a quarter of the time, our lies are for another person’s benefit. How thoughtful of us!
So, if I were to ask you now, “what controls the narrative around us today? “
I believe this is why so many of us have become so cynical, because it is harder and harder to tell the difference between what is true and what is false.
This by the way, is what the Bible teaches will happen in the last days. It will become difficult to know the difference between right and wrong, and truth and error.
This is why it is important to fill your heart and your mind on a daily routine of reading and digesting the Bible. It is the only reliable source of truth, and if followed, will be a guide through the deception of today.
Who controls the narrative in your life is up to you. If you allow God to be the source of your worldview, your opinions, and your thinking, you will control the narrative in your life. The key to keeping the right perspective is to get the right information that you can trust. Misinformation is how deception takes root in anyone’s life.
Keep it simple … keep in His Word.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler