'Fake news' is a term that that has been thrown around for a while now. Brought into the public eye through the soundbite-laden speeches of President Donald Trump, it has been legitimately invoked to explain farcical headlines or exaggerated narratives. Other times, however, it is tossed around without any care, and winds up
But here's the thing, over 60% of adults in the US receive their dose of daily news via their social media feeds. We read at lightning pace, so it can be somewhat of an arduous process to fact-check every article you read. The simple truth? You are going to read some fake news along the way, particularly if it shrouded in hyperbole. So how, as Christians, should we respond to this phenomenon?
Well, we need to do our best to figure out if we are consuming falsehood. Validate your news items, even if it does take you a few extra minutes over your morning coffee. If it sounds too good to be true, or even too bad to be true, it probably is. Hit Google News and do a whizz around to check the story has been published at a few reputable sites. The big hitters rarely miss a beat when it comes to a good scoop!
Here's the thing: we, of all people, should know that truth matters. The
The enemy is at work in our world, and he is prevalent in the perpetuation of fake stories that seek to embellish, slander and lie, all for the sake of a juicy headline. "Satan is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). We must be alert to his schemes in this area, and having our spiritual antenna switched on is a great help in sorting through the mayhem of our everyday news feeds.
We must also seek to be conscientious in our perpetuating of the truth. We must always
As the Bible testifies to us, Jesus is the eternal logos. He is truth incarnate, and in His name resides the greatest news there ever was: He died so that we might live. So let's tell the world of this gospel. Let's be careful about the type of media we inhale and ensure the utmost accuracy in the messages we exhale. In all things, may we