Pastor Kyle Bitter - Transfiguration - Sunday, February 23, 2020
Text: 2 Peter 1:16-21
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This past week, residents of Wauwatosa had the chance to vote in a primary election for a new mayor for our city. Since local elections like this one are supposed to be non-partisan, candidates don’t run attached to broader platform of a specific political party like we see in state and national elections. They usually run on more specific local issues. It makes sense, but it also means that it can take a little more work to figure out just what a candidate stands for and whether they’d pursue the kinds of policies you prefer or not. In the days leading up to the election, I saw an online thread in one of the neighborhood forums where people were talking about the candidates and trying to determine where they fit on the spectrum of political ideology. It was interesting to see how the conversation unfolded. People shared information from various media sources, and then the accusations started flying. That information comes from Breitbart! It’s biased! The response? Well, you need to watch something besides CNN. It went downhill from there. Probably the only useful information shared was the stands candidates had taken on various policies when they had served in previous positions – information that could easily be verified online. Discussions like this aren’t unique to politics, but politics does seem to illustrate the point clearly: people are skeptical of information they receive second hand and can’t verify for themselves. With all the agendas and biases that exist in our world, that’s not necessarily a bad thing even, but it does cause doubt and skepticism to occur in a lot of places in life.
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