March 7, 2017

Fake News and Standing for Truth

As a Christ follower, we claim to stand for, follow and to be able to know the Truth. We talk about how "the Truth will set us free" and that Jesus is "the Truth." We seek to understand Truth in our lives and we are taught that we need to defend and stand up for the Truth, especially when someone claims alternate facts.

As I was scrolling through Facebook today, I saw a post along these lines. The person shared an article saying that this particular "Christian" leader suggested that the Bible isn't relevant anymore and that we need to ditch it in order to embrace new cultural truths. This was a pastor, taking a stand for truth, defending Scripture and trying to point people towards Jesus.

Except, here's the thing...
  • the article shared was two years old and posted like it was new info
  • the headline was misleading, sensationalist and contained a claim that actually isn't true at all
  • the content of the article then took quotes out of context to make their claim about this leader's "dangerous teaching"
The thing that this pastor and article were suggesting this "Christian" leader was doing, is the exact same thing they did. 

I've always been challenged by the idea that when you point one finger accusingly at someone else, four are pointing back at yourself. The fact is, if you are going to say that you stand for Truth, you have to do that in every context. And by sharing an article that is full of misleading information and lies to claim that someone isn't speaking truth is absolutely hypocritical and wrong. AND it's exactly part of the problem today of why some people are sick of the Church.

At the time that I saw the post, there were 80+ comments and most of them were along the lines of, "Heritic", "He's not a pastor", and "Insane." Lots of people looked at the headline and read the misleading article and agreed with the pastor, choosing to stand up for truth along with him. All those comments made me think of Matthew 23:15:

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves."

This wasn't a defense of Truth, it was promoting lies and deceit which is NOT honoring to the way of Jesus. And that's what happens anytime we share fake news, sensationalist stories or articles that aren't actually based in facts. Even if they are good natured attempts to defend your view of truth.

As you live in the Truth of God, be careful what you post and what you say. Make sure that your defense and arguments are actually based in Truth. If you want people to know the Truth in Jesus, make sure that everything you do represents that. Otherwise, you will simply be exchanging God's truth for lies, and in the process encouraging others to do the same.

2 comments:

Aaron said...

Great thoughts Jake, thank you for writing!

Jake Kircher said...

Thanks Aaron!