How To Deal With Fake News
Have you ever had an opinion changed by something someone posted on social media? Or have you ever had someone be belittling to you and caused you to have your life completely transformed? My guess is your answer is a big NO! Nobody has ever had their heart and mind changed by an argument or attack. However many have been changed by a relationship built upon truth and love. As we finished up our series on the book of Jude here were three ways we explored that you can help combat false teaching in the church and in the name of Jesus…
Study God’s Word and listen to His Spirit to help build you up in your faith. You can’t know Truth well if you don’t study it and spend time. “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 20–21).
Build relationships with people different than you. Jesus changed the world through relationships, we can too. Jesus chose to spread His Good News through building relationships and really a relationship with Jesus is the Good News. So we must be people who build relationships with love as the foundation. “Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.” (Jude 22-23)
The best way to expose what is fake is to show what is True. The Good News is the answer to fake news. Sometimes the best way to see what is fake is to be exposed to what is The Truth. In John 13:34-35 Jesus taught us, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” People will be drawn to the Truth by love.
Friends remember the wise words of Bob Goff, “Arguments won’t change people. Simply giving away kindness won’t either. Only Jesus has the power to change people, and it will be harder for them to see Jesus if their view of Him is blocked by our big opinions.”
May we point people to Jesus and His love, so that their lives will be changed and they will experience new life in Him. Let's go love.