Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. (John Adams, 2nd U.S. president)

A lot of people today would do well to hear and understand Adams’ statement. When passions run high and prejudices ignore realities, current and future damage is almost beyond imagination. When we ignore the facts, even our best wishes and intentions will not bring resolution to problems or meaningful benefit to the greatest number of people.

Truthful words stand the test of time but lies are soon exposed. . . Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. (Proverbs 12:19; 23:23)