My wife has a soft spot for the word discombobulate. It's her experience of a relationship with me for over 25 years.

The word of the year according to Oxford Dictionaries is "post-truth". Defined on the BBC News Website " an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals." (

This has been 2016 they say. Post-truth. That's the only way that the liberal middle classes can explain a world where the UK votes to Brexit and the US votes for Donald Trump as President. 

It continues to display the extraordinary arrogance of some of the people who write our news and write our dictionaries. To them "objective facts" demanded Remain and Clinton. So when things don't go the way that they wanted they have to explain it as the result of an emotionally charged irrational action. As though the Remain campaign and Hilary Clinton weren't guilty of misleading emotional appeal!

The truth is that the world has always been post-truth. 

In Genesis 3 we read of how Adam and Eve believed the serpent's post-truth. An emotionally charged appeal that told them that they could disobey God and there would be no consequences. That humanity could go their own way. Make up their own right and wrong. Play at being gods themselves and it would all work out for the best.

In case you hadn't noticed. It hasn't.

The fantastic news is that God sent the one who is "the truth" into the world. In a world that is filled with selfishness and lies "...grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:17)

One of the biggest problems that I have as someone wanting to share this gospel with people is getting them to listen to the "objective facts" rather than simply make a decision about Jesus based on their emotions.

If you haven't believed the truth about Jesus yet. Why not try to "objectively" as you can read an account of his life, like John's gospel. 

That's an emotional appeal by the way!