Spirit, Truth, And Reality

Written by John DeGroff on January 25, 2019

Before you wonder exactly what is meant by the title I’ve chosen for this installment, let me just say that there is a highly distinct and relevant correlation between these three attributes.

Using the term “attribute” to describe these three words is accurate because part of the definition for attribute is “…a feature regarded as a characteristic and/or inherent intrinsic part of someone or something.” Thus, start thinking in terms of our nation as well as the current national discourse.

All three attributes are not only intertwined in application, but also present a method of natural flow of events and subsequent consequences. One of the best examples of the correlation between spirit, truth, and reality is found in our own history.

We’ve all heard of the “Spirit of 76”. Of course, this refers to 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was written, signed, published and eventually sent off to England’s King George III. With this Declaration, we were basically giving the English the finger and telling them we’d had enough of their B.S. The actual shooting war had started the previous year in 1775.

Here is something to consider, though. Although 1776 is (erroneously) regarded as the start of the United States of America, we could have lost the war. This would have rendered the Declaration of Independence to nothing more than an obscure historical footnote.

Had we lost the Revolution, it would have had a huge impact on the rest of world history as we currently understand it. In the mid 18th century, there were four European powers-England, France, Spain, and Russia-who had land claims in North America. Had the 13 original colonies remained British, what kind of interaction would these European nations eventually have had in North America? Interesting speculative history, isn’t it?

But we did win. In 1783, the French brokered the Treaty Of Paris in which the British signed off on the 13 colonies. This is the truth that flowed from and/or followed the Spirit Of 76.

The reality of turning these 13 former British colonies into a new nation was a task that had no real template to follow. Ben Franklin’s famous quote, when asked what kind of government we had, “…a republic, if you can keep it…“, more than showed the enormity of the reality of winning the Revolution. In other words….now what?

There were border disputes among several of the former colonies, now states. There were also border issues with Canada to the north.

One bit of tricky American history is this. The United States of America did not actually become the U.S.A. until 1789 when the Constitution was finally ratified by all states. (Actually, March 4, 1789, was the date decided upon as the ratification process lumbered on in 1788.)

History lessons aside (and some of this isn’t taught in school; you have to do your own research…), what we’re now seeing empirically is how a spark or start of a spirit of an idea gets filtered through the subjectivity of truth, only to become reality.

Some truth will always be considered absolute. The sun rises in the east. You’re born, you live, you die. (Heb. 9:27). Science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein claimed there are four universal truths: death, taxes, shaving, and the common cold. Granted, shaving has become somewhat optional but you can’t escape the other three.

To take a good look at how liberals have used the concept of spirit, truth, reality, think in terms of a river. The source (or start, spark, or spirit) flows as a river (truth) into something larger such as a lake or ocean (reality).

The best example of how this analogy played out empirically in the real world is this: spirit (in this case, the continuation of B. Hussein Obama’s rule) was that Hillary Clinton was to be president. It was “her turn”. The truth, though, is that she didn’t win in 2016. The reality is…President Donald J. Trump.

Reality is what is finalized, what the situation as a whole involves, what it takes to accomplish the idea of the spirit, along with the truth of how you got where you are. Truth is the part that liberals have the most trouble with. Everyone is to blame, the American people are fools, the Electoral College is at fault and should be abolished, voter fraud, etc., etc.

The aftermath of 2016 is one of the best real-world examples of empiricism. What we’re seeing right before our eyes is that the American people prevailed and 2016 did not go the way the liberals wanted, and they can’t handle that reality. From now on, you can hold up liberals to the template of spirit, truth, reality and see how they fare.

And the real truth and reality for all the Trump hatred? He’s not Hillary Clinton. Thank you, Lord Jesus that he is not.

John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.