There’s a lot in this world that can be confusing and some of it holds no truth so I have to be refusing. For example: Have you ever met Miss Under Standing? Have you ever seen a cat fish or a house fly; how about a horse fly; maybe a dragon fly or a fire fly? I’ve heard say that there’s butter fly, but have you ever seen a lemon punch, a waffle iron, or a milk shake? Maybe you’ve seen a clam bake, or a hog wash, but I’ll bet you’ve never seen a barn swallow or a house paint.
The play on words probably gained its popularity with the song, “Did You Ever See An Elephant Fly?” in the Disney movie “Dumbo.” The circus entertainers were mocking an act they had heard about but had never witnessed as yet and the song went like this: “Did you ever see a elephant fly? Well I’ve seen a horse fly; I seen a dragon fly; I seen a house fly. I seen all that too! I seen a peanut stand and heard a rubber band; I seen a needle that winked its eye. But I’ve been, done, seen about everything, when I see a elephant fly. What’d you say boy? I said when I see a elephant fly! I seen a front porch swing; heard a diamond ring; I seen a polka dot railroad tie. But I have been, done, seen about everything, when I see a elephant fly. I saw a clothes horse and he rear up and buck; And they tell me that a man made a vegetable truck, I didn’t see that, I only heard. Just to be sociable, I’ll take your word. I heard a fireside chat, I saw a baseball bat; And I just laughed until I thought I’d die. But I’ve been, done, seen about everything, when I see a elephant fly. But I’ve been, done, seen about everything, when I see a elephant fly; When I see an elephant fly.” Personally, I thank God, elephants and cows don’t fly.
[Psalm 25:4-5; John 8:31-32; 17:17; 1:1-5, 14] Remember what your elders have told you, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” In the case of “Dumbo,” it took imagination and animation to make an elephant fly. But in today’s world it’s a lot easier to make one convinced that un-truth is truth by using made-up words and double talk based on “scientific examination.” So, what about God’s Word?
Winston Churchill, I love this guy, said, “The truth is incontrovertible (a real word). Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” What did Churchill mean when he said that truth was “incontrovertible”? Hidden away in the word is the word “controversy.” Mr. Churchill was saying that truth is incapable of controversy. Truth is incapable of being contradicted. Truth cannot be denied! Truth is unchangeable. It is true!
God’s Word is truth. In his prayer, Jesus said, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” In John 1, John states, “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God. He (Jesus) was with God in the beginning. Through him (Jesus) all things were made; ...The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. David penned, “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
We will be judged by the Word of God (John 12:48). Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Man is not reading God’s Word, rather, “... what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at email@example.com. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.