The New or The True?

Alas, our generation is obsessed with the new, rather than with the true. Hence we strut around with boasts of “new discoveries.” We brag about “new knowledge.” Lust after “new theories.” Fuss over “new research.” Spend hours poring “new plans,” “new strategies,” “new solutions,” and whatever else we can cloak in the well-worn cliché of “new.” Never mind that the difference between the new toothpaste and the old one is that the new is often smaller in size and more expensive! But let’s remember that, in the realm of ideas and ethics, “there is nothing new under the sun.” If something is new, it probably isn’t true; and if true, it probably isn’t new. To be safe, let’s always test the new by the true (Ecclesiastes 1:9; Isaiah 8:20).—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim


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