Watch out for partial truths; they can become more slanderous than a lie. I was talking to my five-year-old grandson about working a job and mentioned that a person couldn’t just stay in bed all day. His response was, “My mom stays in bed all day!” What! Are you kidding me? She has three young children; who’s watching them while she sleeps? Anyone not knowing the truth might assume ill of her; however, she works nights and sleeps during the day, and other adults in the house keep an eye on the rug rats. If you have ever worked at night, you can sympathize with her situation, and it’s commendable for her to do what she has to do to provide for her children.
The mainstream media is a spreader of partial truths, ruining our country. People get up in arms over hearsay of incomplete stories where critical information is left out on purpose. Only when you begin looking into the story through other avenues will you finally understand the entire situation.
We must be willing to go the extra mile searching for the truth rather than react carelessly to a partial truth. None of us are immune to becoming hoodwinked, so don’t repeat what you heard until you know the entire story.
The qualifications for an overseer and deacon of the church are presented in 1 Timothy 3, and one of those qualifications is that they must have a clear conscience; the best way to ensure they have a clear conscience is to love the truth.
The Matthew Henry Commentary says: “The practical love of truth is the most powerful preservative from error and delusion.”
They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:9