It is impossible to watch television or cruise the web today without being exposed to the “Fake News” trope that has exploded on the scene and is dominating societal discourse. It’s everywhere, as you know all too well.
It certainly prompts an interesting debate about the temperature of our current political climate, but more important to me—and I think other Christians, too—is how it warns us of a dangerous emasculation of real truth that is unfolding right in front of our eyes. The truth of life. The truth of Jesus.
Our post-truth world demands that we distinguish what’s fake from what’s true, but that is easier said than done. Sorting the fake from what’s true has become more confusing and more difficult than ever. And it’s more important than ever before because the post-truth movement creates its own form of “truth” based on what people want it to be or how they “feel” in the moment.
On that track, truth is increasingly determined by an individual’s worldview. It has become atomistic, the fracture of society into multiple fragments that are at odds with each other.
When fake news starts to gain momentum, it morphs into sounding “reasonable” and the cancer of relativism starts to spread. Actually, spreading in this case is more like exploding because today’s inexorable slide away from the truth gets its fuel and propulsion from the internet and there is no sign of it abating any time soon.
WAIT–THERE’S GOOD NEWS!
We know the real truth is Jesus.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
We know that’s true, of course. But sorting through all of the fake news swirling about our life to fully embrace God’s truth is one tough job. Towering man of God Charles Spurgeon put it like this:
“Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.”
I love it! It makes me think that studying Pilate’s question to Jesus can make this tough job easier:
“What is truth? retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.” John 18:38
Truth happened to be right there in his presence. Pilate just didn’t know it.
We must know that the truth is right here, right now, in OUR presence. That Jesus was the Messiah…the Son of God…the literal essence of truth. If we know Jesus, we know truth.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3
There it is. The real words. The real story. The real truth.
Is your life’s news feed fake or true?