Our commitment to truthfulness is often co-opted by our concern over who benefits from which truthfulness. This is an understandable concern, but a radical commitment to what’s true will have broader interests than who’s made to look good and who looks bad when truth is spoken. If we only think in these terms, our imaginations are hopelessly sealed off from the truth that would name our idolatries. And here again, we might think of the biblical witness. Do we only apply it to the extent that it makes us look good (or our enemies look bad)? If we do, are we lovers of wisdom at all? Do we only want gospel that says we’re gospel in all that we say and do?
The Gospel According to America