When is perception NOT reality?

In an interview about Ron Paul that I watched a few minutes ago [ http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-12-30/doug-wead-responds-to-last-minute-smear-attacks-on-ron-paul/ ] I still find myself shaking my head at what I see and hear, both in this interview and the general noise surrounding the GOP and more currently, the 2012 Iowa Caucus.

“Perception is everything”.  Really?  “Perception is reality”.  Again, is it really?  In most of the comments I scanned regarding these two phrases, the common ground seems to be a belief in a non-reality that there is no absolute truth. Sad. Scary.

Not oblivious to the significant impact that creating perceptions holds for each of us as we try to lead people to believe what we believe or support what we support or like what we like, I need to confront myself on this point as well as consider how I am affected by the ‘spin factor’.

If you or I need to ‘spin’ something in order to garner support or believability, is what we’re offering worth offering?

Is getting someone’s buy-in on an issue based on perception rather than truth/reality something that compromises or corrupts my love/respect/honor of God, of others? Is this acceptable? Is it right or is it wrong?

As is often the case, when I am provoked by something and I feel I’ve been wronged, it’s a good indicator that I am likely offending in the same manner. So, I’m taking note of what has been happening in my own life lately and looking again at God’s counsel that He graciously and mercifully provides; both illuminating rebuke and loving correction… sanctification… and instruction from His word.

Today, a verse was posted by a Facebook friend this morning, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:14 ESV) which brings me now to the fuller context of verses 8-14.

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:8-14 ESV)

As day two of this new year progresses, I am grateful for God’s loving of His glory and my sanctification. He is answering my prayer that I might trust God more in 2012 and dive in deep…

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33

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