Be Still Know
Proverbs 1:11 NLT
They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!”
Fake news has filled the headlines ever since President Trump’s election. Concerns are expressed that with the ease of access to and the rapid expansion of social networks, counterfeit information is rapidly spread as ‘truth’. This has great power to influence popular opinion, creating destabilisation, an attractive addition to every government’s military arsenal.
Sadly, I believe we the public are much to blame for its success. It appears we thrive on gossip. After all, media ‘spin’ has been in play for quite some time. The cries of “foul” from the mainstream media industry are hypocritical. Before I can believe anything I read or observe from any news media, I have a duty to fact-check it. There are fact-checking websites, yet can I trust these or are they fresh incursions of the fake news front?
Fact-checking takes time. Under pressure, or when my emotions are stung into response, my reaction is immediate. The problem is, swift reaction so often destabilises me and causes me to stumble and fall. I regret words and actions, alas, too late. So it is that God invites us to fact-check all that allures us in life. Evil will seek to spin us a story and package fake news in what appears to be a truth package. Once convinced, our attitudes, words and actions can have serious consequences for others as well as ourselves.
The problem with fake news is not any one individual story. Rather, it is the accumulation of falsehoods that appear to establish a picture of reality and then action is taken. This action usually advances some small elite at the expense of those least able to protect themselves. We use ethnicity, religion, gender orientation – so many levers to build a platform for power. Yet, true power lies in God’s hands alone, and it is to God we must make our way and with whom we are to fact-check our attitudes and motivations.
QUESTION: How confident are you in the truth of the attitudes you hold?
PRAYER: Lord, help me love and live in the truth.