When Facts Don’t Matter

In a post-Christian/post-modern culture, facts don’t always matter.

Michael Kruger writes,

“C.S. Lewis captured this reality well in his book The Magician’s Nephew (part of his Narnia Chronicles).

“While Narnia is a land filled with magic—where animals can talk and even sing—not all people can hear them. Indeed, Uncle Andrew cannot.

“When the animals speak to him, Uncle Andrew hears only animal sounds. Just noise, not words. Why? He is closed to the idea of a magical world. He assumes (in his worldview) that animals are nothing but dumb creatures.

“Thus, when Aslan sings, Uncle Andrew is able to rationalize it away: ‘Of course, it can’t really have been singing,’ he thought, ‘I must have imagined it. I’ve been letting my nerves get out of order. Who ever heard of a lion singing?’”

Then Lewis (as the narrator) offers the most profound insight:

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.” 

We exist in a culture that trumpets the authority of science – but only when science is convenient to how they subjectively feel things should be; how they want things to be. (Biology dictates there are two genders, yet culture declares multiple genders  We can hear the heartbeat of a child as early as 5 1/2 weeks after conception, yet culture declares the child is not human.)

Mark Twain quipped,

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

Jesus said about this generation,

“…the minds of these people are now closed. They have ears, but they don’t listen. They have eyes, but they refuse to see.” – Matthew 13:15

Consider this when sharing your faith with people today.  There will be moments when, despite the facts, people will still think you foolish, desperately finding some way to create another explanation.

Then? Don’t be offended. Disagreement does not mean hate, despite the media narrative. Love them. Be kind. And lift them to Jesus who is the only one who change hearts.


Quote by Michael Kruger, Cannon Fodder