Always interested in improving my vocabulary, I discovered a new word, tarradiddle.
Tarradiddle has been around a long time but is seriously underused to describe our world today. Tarradiddle is a noun meaning:
pretentious nonsense or outrageous lies
We are living in times of terrible tarradiddle. From our president’s tweets, to where we find our news, Terradiddle runs rampant. To our ‘intelligence’ communities, special prosecutors, and law makers, again: terradiddle. In our social media, cultural elites, schools, universities, and even in our churches… terradiddle. One cannot escape the plight of tarradiddle in today’s world!
Young people today face enormous challenges in making decisions when confronted with this tarradiddle. How do we separate truth from tarradiddle?
This is not a new problem. Many great thinkers have struggled with this problem over the years. Viktor Frankel in “Man’s Search for Meaning”, C.S. Lewis in “The Screwtape Letters”, as well as Frances Schaeffer in “A Christian Manifesto”. The problem still persists.
In our Sunday Connections, on September 16th, we began a 4 week video series presented by Philadelphia pastor Eric Mason, called DECISIONS.
With numerous scriptural references and personal examples, Pastor Mason showed us how we can face tarradiddle and not be overcome. The foundation is the decision to follow Christ, to open ourselves to His call in our lives. Jesus says:
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Truth is the cure for today’s tarradiddle is Jesus and that is what the people need! Amen!
Rick Dishinger, Interim Director of Youth Ministry