They say you should never watch a legal drama with a lawyer or medical show with a doctor; they just can’t get over all the little things that are wrong. I guess you can say the same thing about a preacher. I’m probably insufferable to be around when people talk the Bible and religion in public forums. If it is movies about the Bible or TV shows referencing scripture, it always amazes me how many details they get wrong. It isn't just the media that does it. Sometimes it is people that are attempting to preach and teach. The “pastor” in a funeral that called Lazarus Jesus’ cousin. The devotional message that referenced the blind man Jesus healed on the way to the cross. The Bible verse that isn't a Bible verse (God helps those that help themselves?). When they says “it says in the Bible” when it never comes close to saying that.
I’ll be the first to say (and show) that sometimes speakers misspeak. We make mistakes. Our brain locks up and we flub up. That does happen but I not as bothered by these "oops" moment. I'm more bothered when people make the mistakes because they don't take the time and effort to make sure what they are saying is right. When someone takes their knowledge for granted and never checks to see if what they are saying is true. As if the truth of the matter doesn't really matter.
That’s probably why I so appreciative of the Gospel of Luke and his work. As an inspired writer his words will be true. But notice what he says about his work in Luke 1:3-4:
“It seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.”
Luke want his reader (and us a well) to know the exact truth about what has been taught. The facts and events are not just a story but real events. Those details matter because they are the truth of what really happened!
In a world today that doesn’t seem to care too much for truth, details don't matter all that much. But for a people that serve a God of Truth (Psalm 31:5) every fact is important . Mistake and lies can lead people away from what they need to do. As we read in 1 Peter 4:11, “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God;”. If we are going to speak on his behalf, we better make sure we speak correctly. Our additions and subtractions, whether from error or deception, will not help anyone. God’s truth must be told in total truth!