There truly is a lot of fake news and most of it circulates on Facebook. It seems the more outrageous the story the faster people pass it on. It was said that President Trump gave Germany’s Angela Merkel a multi-billion dollar invoice for past NATO expenses. Both the United States government and the German government have stated it did not happen. But it made for an interesting few moments when we first read it.
Spreading fake news is nothing new. Please note the story of Jesus’ resurrection in Matthew 28:12-15. “When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.”
So there is fake news, real news, bad news and best of all Good News. When one thinks seriously about the Good News, it really is outrageous. The disciples would have loved Facebook. Outrageous news spreads. Paul addresses this issue in Romans 5:19. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” And so the Good News spread. Yet the task is not yet finished. It is up to us in the 21st Century to use the modern tools God has given us. Today there isn’t any corner of the world that cannot hear. Isn’t it time we all posted the Good News instead of what we had for breakfast?