Fake News has become a real news issue. Fake News is what it says it is. Fake. A lie. Gossip and unfounded rumors. It looks like it is real news. Usually it is “news” that confirms the opinions of the Fake News reader and gives them further resolve to hold such ideas. Of course, the news is fake. It’s a lie. Those who write Fake News do so to make real money. The more readers on their Fake News web site, the more advertising dollars it generates.
Fake News also produces nut cases. This week a guy drove to Washington DC with the intent of killing someone over a Fake News story. Crazy. The Pope issued a warning about Fake News. So did the President. Social media sites are doing their best to eliminate Fake News. So should everyone. Fake News is stupid.
Fake News is old news. People have been lying ever since Adam and Eve were hanging out in Eden. I’ve had people lie about me. You’ve had people lie about you I suspect. As long as we live in a sinful world (not shocking) people will act sinful. Slanderous talk. Lies. Gossip. They are all the work of the worst Fake News perpetrator, our Enemy whom Jesus called “the Father of Lies.”
The Good News on the other hand produces life, love, forgiveness and peace. The Good News is why this is the Season of Joy. In a world filled with lies, gossip and Fake News, the Good News of great joy is that the Truth was born in Bethlehem. The Good News which the angel’s proclaimed is still Good News of Great Joy: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
To a people being fed a steady diet of Fake News and Bad News, we are to be bearers of the Good News. Good News is the God News that Jesus Christ is born, God is with us and we no longer are held captive to this Bad News and Fake News world. Like the Bethlehem shepherds, don’t keep the Good News to yourself. Experience it. Live it. Share it.