When I think of commentaries today, I think that logic should be a required course in school. Logic according to definition is:
reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity.(Oxford dictionary)
Aristotle and Plato would shake in their graves if they could hear the form of reasoning that is displayed daily from our leaders and commentators. There is no basis for the positions that are presented to us and we embrace it largely because it appeals to some emotion within us. It reminds me of the Prophet Jeremiah speaking of the children of Israel:
Jeremiah: O that my head were a spring of water
and my eyes a fountain of tears;
Then I could weep day and night for my poor people
who have been slaughtered….
3 Eternal One: With tongues bent like bows they shoot their lies at one another.
Truth does not win out in this land; deceit always seems to triumph.
One evil leads to another because they don’t know who I am. Jeremiah 9:1 & 3 (The Voice)
Jeremiah looked at the devastation taking place in Israel, largely because God’s people had refused to take heed to the Word of the Lord that was issued to them. Instead they followed after lies, deceit, and evil. They did not really know God so they followed the voice of the wicked one and their behavior followed his devices.
Any people who lose their God consciousness will ultimately fall into the trap of the wicked one. Sin entraps not only the body but the mind. The wisest man on earth spoke a Proverb:
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:6-7 (KJV)
This is the way of the enemy. He will lure you into his cavern, tempting you with delicacies, making you feel as if he wants you to freely eat. But in his heart he has a price, a high price and the very thing he tempts you to eat will cause you to be sick to your stomach. As an old adage says, "all that glitters is not gold". We need to look closely not only at the words that are being said, but the person who is speaking them. Does their high sounding words match their actions? Does their rhetoric match their ideological frame? Is there logic in their reasoning? Does it line up with what is in your heart?
There is another adage that used to float around the church:
The devil will take you farther than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.
Be mindful of those you travel with, even from your living room in the age of covid.