Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)
Whether you are from the alt right, alt left, right, left, conservative, or liberal “Fake news” is a hot topic. Before we go any further, we must answer this question: what is fake news?
News is defined as “newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events (English Oxford Living Dictionary Online). In other words, facts concerning real things that are going on. Fake is simply false, made-up, and not real. So, fake news is something presented as real, that is in fact not real. It is a deception. It is a lie.
Fake news is dangerous. It is propaganda. And if repeated enough, people will begin to believe it. An extreme example would be Nazi Germany. Much propaganda and fabricated stories were used to further the evil of Hitler and his henchmen. Fake news is dangerous.
Instead of reporting facts, no matter where those facts lead, speculation is used to convey a certain point of view. It seems that many “news” organizations pander to their audience and give them what they want to hear. It does not matter whether a lie is perpetuated or not. What matters is whether it fulfills its intended purpose.
The sad thing is that in the midst of all the speculation and rhetoric being thrown around, the truth, the real news, the real facts, are so buried that who can tell what is real and what is fake? And when some of our leaders use blatantly obvious fake twitter account tweets (like this past week) as supportive evidence to bolster their accusations, it truly is a sad day.
I guess we should not be surprised. The LORD teaches us in His Word that “a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear (2 Tim 4:3).” is this not what is happening today? The answer is very obviously, a resounding “yes.” Yet, I must be careful and not throw stones, for inside the co-called “church,” fake news is also a problem.
Yet, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).” So, I must ask how can believers in Jesus Christ not believe what He says? Isn’t that really unbelief?
In the UUA, in the search for truth, some believe in one God, some in a benevolent force, others in no god at all. How can a legit search for truth (that which corresponds to reality) discover very different answers to the same question? There either is a God or there isn’t. It cannot be both. It is impossible to both. Yet, to their followers, it sounds great. It sounds inclusive.
These examples, just two of many, are ‘fake news.’ How can I say that? Because the Word of God (a.k.a. the Bible or Holy Scriptures) is very clear: There is One God (“I AM”, Yahweh, Adonai Elohim, Jehovah, LORD, Father – Son – Holy Spirit) and only one way to Salvation: by grace through faith in the work of salvation through Jesus Christ. This is fact taken straight from God’s inspired Word (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:16-21).
Fake news must be called out and rooted out whether it be in the main stream media, the social media, or the body of the church itself. It will not better anyone. Instead it will prove destructive, because fake news it based on lies and is meant to deceive.
Remember, truth is what will set you free (John 8:31-32).
Pastor Terry, his wife and family came to Suedberg in 2003. There have great times, good times, and well, not so good times. But through it all God has been good. This blog will share the goodness of God as seen in the midst of the great, the good, and the not so good of our world.