Truth doesn’t matter much anymore.
In our fake news culture, truth is routinely left out, exaggerated, or half-told.
The information we receive (on social media, from public figures, in conversation with friends, etc.) is overwhelmingly biased. The line between fact and false is blurry, and truth gets confused.
But Christians are to be people of the truth. We should uphold and love truth.
No matter what is being said or shared, Christians should be eager to verify its accuracy. We should be those who are most committed to pursuing truth. And certainly we shouldn’t be among those who spread lies. After all, Jesus Himself is Truth (John 14:6).
Especially when it comes to the things we believe about God.
Humanity’s first sin was the result of a lie told convincingly as truth (Genesis 3:3-4). Ever since, our own hearts and homes have been susceptible to false doctrine.
There are plenty of "fake news” beliefs circulating: No, Jesus doesn’t promise you will be wealthy – even if you pray/do good/give enough. No, there is no guarantee in Philippians 4:13 that you will win all your basketball games. No, your grandmother will not become an angel in heaven when she dies. No, God’s grace doesn’t free you to continue in sin. No, God doesn't value your happiness or safety or comfort over His glory.
The Bible warns us: “The time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (II Timothy 4:3-4).
How do we keep from “wandering off”? How do we know if what we claim to believe is authentic?
We get out the Bible. We scour its pages, 100 percent convinced that it alone is infallible, without error, completely true (Psalm 119:160). Whatever isn’t certified by the absolute truth of Scripture should be discarded.
Before you repost it on social media, before you crochet it on a pillow, before you claim it as your life motto, fact check it with the Word of God.
Because truth matters.