As the dust finally begins to settle from our recent Presidential election, a fairly scary phenomenon has emerged.....Fake News. This is a term that we are just beginning to hear about more and more every day. While campaigning in the recent election for Hillary Clinton here in Michigan, President Obama said,
"And people, if they just repeat attacks enough and outright lies over and over again, as long as it's on Facebook and people can see it, as long as it's on social media, people start believing it. And it creates this dust cloud of nonsense."
It appears that this recent election has truly brought out the worst in our media and public in general. Few people seem to know whether anything they hear anymore is true. The pubic is increasingly being left with a nagging feeling that everything they hear might really end up being "Fake." And this Fake News is not just coming from our major media outlets; it is also coming from just about everyone. You see through the explosion of technology, the average person is a media outlet themselves because of social media, blogs, emails, texting, Twitter and just about every other possible way to pass on information to others electronically.
Now in some ways, all of this is sad, shocking and disillusioning for many..... but it surely is not new. It has been going on from the beginning of time...since the Garden of Eden...since the serpent made up a fake story and sold it to Eve. There seems to be almost a media conspiracy to keep the truth away from the public, especially about the Lord. If you stop and think about it, is there anywhere today where the Lord's truth is being fairly discussed or considered outside of Church? Surely that is not happening in our public square, colleges or universities or regular media circles. The Lord, the Bible and the Christian Faith are under constant media attack with "Fake News." It is amazing what stories are circulating out there about what Christians supposedly believe or do. These attacks have seemingly been relentless the last few years and they have taken a devastating toll on the Church and our society.
If you stop and think about it, all media and all information ultimately points to something or someone. Now the Bible claims that everything is about Jesus. The Bible says all things were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). As a result, all stories should be about Jesus.....politics.....religion...education...the family....science....etc. Since we aren't hearing much about Jesus, we must conclude that just about everything we do hear is Fake News. It is almost as if there is a well-planned conspiracy of silence to suppress the truth about our Lord and create an endless stream of Fake News to an unsuspecting world, just as the Bible tells us in Romans 1:18-20.
As Christmas approaches, it is a real privilege for every believer to share the Good News of Jesus' birth with everyone. If there was ever a time to announce the arrival of a Savior, it is now. The world has never been in a greater need of our Lord's peace, love, joy and hope. And yet, for many today it is hard to even feel we can say "Merry Christmas" in this sea of Fake News. This problem with Christmas, Fake News and the birth of our Lord Jesus was in full swing with King Herod in the Bible. King Herod was hungry for power and was threatened by the fact that Jesus was the Real King. Herod secretly met with the Wise Men and sent them to Bethlehem to look for the Child. He told them in Matthew 2:8,
"Go and make a careful search for the child, As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
Of course, Herod was making up Fake News to help him in his plan to kill Jesus and hold on to power in Israel. If Herod had run a newspaper or T.V. network, he might have "leaked" this story to the public to gain their help in his scheme. People that are driven by a search for power and control over others will seemingly do anything to keep it. Fake News, deception and lies are their major tool to do it.
That brings us to this Christmas Season. The battle that raged in this last election, and the one that continues tonight, is the desire to hold and keep power in order to dethrone the real King of this world that was born in Bethlehem. That search for power will seemingly drive people to do anything to keep Jesus out of the news cycle. People seem willing to make up just about any story to continue with their Fake News cycles, as long as we don't talk about Christmas and our real need for a Savior.
As Christmas draws near in a couple of weeks or so, maybe we can do something a little different this year. Instead of being distracted by the Fake News cycle, maybe we can speak up a bit about Jesus. After all, we are going to be spending eternity with Him. How about inviting a friend to church or sending out Christmas cards that actually says something Biblical about our Lord. There are a hundred, simple ideas to spread the Christmas Story with the people around us. You see King Herod will always be around us; the need for Wise Men and Women will never end. The Christmas message of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ is the Good News that is never Fake.....it is the ONLY news that will truly stand the test of time forever. Merry Christmas!