People would rather believe some lies than to face difficult truths. Nowhere is this more apparent than in places like Venezuela. Once the richest nation on earth, per capital, flush with oil and cash, now that country's inflation rate has hit the 40,000% percent mark. You can now literally buy nothing with Venezuelan currency.
They elected a socialist to lead them. He took the reins of strong government, stripped all capital from industrialists and gave it to "the people," had the government provide every need, and people were happy. Then scarcity struck. Another leader, Nicolas Maduro, came in and clamped down on any dissent, in the name of "the people" who were in need.
Now there's poverty, grief, starvation, sickness, and death. They believed a lie that they could have everything.
Other nations have grasped on to lies of glory in the next world by dying in this one while taking as many infidels as possible along with you. To say that this lie is pernicious is to give it too much credit.
In our own nation, some presidents and other politicians, meaning well, have grasped on to lies. One of the biggest is that other peoples, when presented with a choice for the American form of democracy and self-government, would choose it over other lies they've believed for generations.
The Russian people are hardy and practical. They are not prone to choose abstract democratic forms over what puts food on the table. If Putin delivers the food, he can rule forever, and may whoever opposes him get what he gives them, in their minds.
Americans can also choose lies. With the generation who fought World War II dying out, there are less and less Americans living who understand the price paid by free countries to remain so. There are less and less Americans who understand truth in its raw form, having studied Biblical truths.
They would prefer to grasp lies, to do what's practical, to believe in having cakes and eating them too. They'd prefer to believe the worst about people who don't share their beliefs. They'd prefer if those others didn't enjoy peace, freedom, life or liberty because they believe other things.
The Bible is clear about these things.
Read John chapter 16--all of it. The final verse sums up what Christians must know about this world. Here we are alone, in ourselves. We have only the one life we're given, the biological kind. It carries sorrow, misery, persecution, but also joy and life and love. These things must happen here, because others in the world believe lies.
Jesus said in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We must not put our faith in politics, or politicians, or war, or greatness in the sense of we can have it all. We can't, not in this world. But we can have Jesus, and we can have peace.
Standing amid the ruins of postwar Germany, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer found only one reason for hope. He told evangelist Billy Graham: He said, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don’t see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.”
This is the simple truth.