We are hearing it all the time… “Fake News, Fake News”. Well, it’s hard to believe, but here is an example of it.
The weekend before Christmas, CNN posted an opinion article entitled:
The article is an opinion piece, written by a novelist who teaches at a Vermont college. It is a great article that actually speaks to the real meaning of Christmas – that God became flesh on that nativity day. The writer states:
“God, the spiritual presence, entered the human world in the person of Jesus, Christians believe.”
That’s the TRUE news. That is the Good News we know of as the Gospel. It is the transforming truth that each of us can think and meditate and discuss from here until the end of time. That is a very important part of…
these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven– things into which angels long to look. – 1 Peter 1:12
Stop, and think about that. Think about the verse the writer is referencing, but not actually stating –
John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
What does that mean? There are four things to really think about when, as the CNN writer stated, God entered the human world in the form of Jesus”. They are:
- What exactly is the meaning of “The Word” and how is that God?
- What exactly does “become flesh” (like you and me) mean?
- What is the relevance saying God “made his dwelling among us”?
- What exactly is the point of having “seen His glory”?
Seeking to answer those four questions is really the key to discovering the TRUE meaning of Christmas.
But… surprisingly, the CNN writer does not provide answers to those questions and does not simply stop there at the truth. The article moves on. And somehow reaches this conclusion –
“Think about it this way: Christmas is about revealing the divinity in each of us. We have a piece of God in us, and Jesus reveals how to access that holy part of ourselves.”
The writer appears to think this is a profound thought. Jesus reveals how to access ourselves – to access the “holy part” – whatever that actually is. And the article ends. Nothing further. And THAT conclusion becomes the article’s title. Wha-laa….Fake news is produced. And the reader can be satisfied by not only having the headline grabbing title appear profound, having a feeling from hearing we all have a “holy part”. And now readers can be taken captive by thinking something is true, that is not.
Instead, take time to read about the week after Jesus’ birth. The week where Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to be consecrated (Luke 2:22-40). Read…. and hear the truth given to Mary about her new child.
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Add to that the truth of Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
There is a real true conclusion. News needs to be thought through.
Fake News: We have a piece of God in us, and Jesus reveals how to access that holy part of ourselves
True News: We are made in the image of God, and the Gospel that Jesus has brought to each of us can reveal AND CHANGE the thoughts of many evil hearts
This Christmas season, and into the new year, spend time thinking through all the fake news and start thinking about what actually happened that Christmas morning. Oh, and come join us this Sunday to hear more true news.