Fake News is the news of the day. What makes fake news is when someone we disagree with advocates for a point of view that we feel is not valid. Social media helps us out in our opinions by filtering out ideas we don’t agree with. Therefore the only news we hear is what we want to hear.
To me what is worse is these attitudes in our church leaders. The credibility of our faith rests on our integrity. Even when we have a point of view an unbeliever would disagree with, they will listen and not reject our faith as long as they can trust that we’re not into conspiracy theories.
The quickest way to spot conspiracy theories is that they always paint someone they disagree with in harsh demeaning language. The mark of a Christian, the Apostle Paul for instance, is that they never write anyone off.
Just like scams, fake news works because people will follow what seems to be right to them and discredits the other point of view. Even in the area of Pro-Life, we must be honest that if we’re not willing to help someone who is contemplating an abortion, we’re being disingenous if we’re attacking the very character of a person with a “pro-choice” point of view.
When we engage in fake news we compromise our own witness and the validity of our faith. And nothing is more important to the propagation of the Christian faith than our integrity.
My first premonition is to consider the character, or better yet, the integrity of the source. The person who forwards the news is where to look for the credibility of the story. And for me credibility starts with a person’s tone and vocabulary. After that I listen to their attitudes.
As a Christian I do not judge anyone or condemn them. I listen and don’t presume they have nothing of value to say if they are of a different perspective than mine. Do they advocate for unity and inclusion or division and exclusion? As a Christian I seek inclusion and a unity built over time as we each draw nearer to Jesus Christ.
I also look for consistency in their life, actions, and speech. Does their life demonstrate genuine concern for all people and actions to go along with it? I know in my case I’ll stop people outside our church just camping out for a few hours due to lack of shelter or dumpster diving out of the trash in a nearby store. Sometimes they even accept my invitation to join us in church. Most of the time I’m the only one talking to them. Some people in the church have spotted me driving around town with some of these same people, that they don’t approach in church, and express their appreciation for what I do.
People will argue for pro-life issues, decry Federal Government actions, refuse to be involved in pro-life activities, and insist the Federal Government take full responsibility to stop abortion. In short, people will believe they’re pro-life but never make any effort to be a part of pro-life advocates. They will judge women for pregancies outside of marriage and not lift a finger to help the woman to avoid literally needing an abortion because of poverty.
Contending for Truth
Here is one of many WEB Sites that seeks to define and stop Fake News. I will be creating more post on this topic which is very subjective and subject to criticism no matter what is written. I will put these posts under two tags: Heritage and Fake News. The reason for Heritage is that this current environment where Fake News becomes “real news” is a legacy that our descendants will have to live with until it is corrected.
We need to pray for the current dialogue in our country to change. Because if it doesn’t there may not be a legacy to pass on except for our failure. And I don’t necessarily believe that America will still exist when Jesus returns.
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