Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ye Old Fake News - Bonita Y. McCoy

Every day, we hear broadcasts about the latest technical wonder, the best places to eat, how to become debt free in thirty days, and almost everything else under the sun. Shoot we even have ads pop-up on our computers and phones shouting at us while we are working.

And if the advertisements aren’t bad enough, now we have to contend with fake news. People posting about celebrity deaths, but the person is alive and kicking, thank you very much, or the spreading of false reports about another school shooting or worse the outbreak of nuclear war.

In today’s world, it’s hard to tell what is true from what is false.

But the fake news is nothing new. It’s been around for a long time.
Thank goodness, as God’s children we have His word to help us discern truth from falsehoods.
Let’s look at a few fake news headlines our enemy would love for us to believe.

Fake News Headlines:
God abandons His children. In breaking news today…
Now, we know this isn’t true because of the verse in Deuteronomy 31: 8. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
We also know that we have Jesus in us, that he abides with us. God never leaves His children.

You can satisfy your own soul. All you need is this new thing…
Contentment cannot be obtained without God. We ourselves cannot satisfy the deep longings of our hearts. Psalm 107:9 states, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Also, Psalm 145:6 says, “You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.”
It is God who satisfies the soul, not us and certainly not stuff.

You only live once. Since you only get one…
This is probably one of the enemy’s biggest lies. The entirety of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations tells us that Christ came to reconcile man to God in order that we may have everlasting life. That does not sound like once and done to me.

Yet, we live life not as if this life is the journey to our forever home, but rather, as if this is all we get.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Also, 1 John 5:13 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Eternal life is a gift you are given when you receive Jesus as your savior. Through His death on the cross, we are reconciled with God the Father and destined for eternal life with Him.

Fake News is a thing now, but as we can see, it’s not a new thing. It’s been around for as long as the world has been spinning. So be diligent with the news you hear and check it against our source of truth to see if it stands up to the test.

Finding God’s grace,
Bonita Y. McCoy

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