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Making Sense of the Media Pt. 2

Are you tired of hearing fake news? Do you get a little sick of hearing that there is fake news? How do you determine what is fake news and what isn’t fake news? Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s real; there’s a lot of lies and hypocrisy and, quite frankly, a bunch of crap on the internet that gets tossed at us each day.

But, you know what should disturb us more than current state of our media? Fake theology. Fake Biblical thoughts. There’s stuff propagated as truthful from the Bible all the time and it’s been going on a lot longer than the current upheaval over fake news.

Example: God helps those who help themselves. False. God helps a lot of people who don’t help themselves. God speaks to a lot of people who don’t help themselves.

Example: If you pray hard enough it will happen. False. Not if it’s not God’s will. Not if it’s not the timing that God would want in our lives. We pray for things all the time that, if they happened, would be disastrous. God prevents these from happening. And this is a blessing because we don’t even know what to pray for sometimes. But, it says in the Bible that if we’re walking with the Sprit then the Spirit will pray with us and for us.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. – Romans 8:26

Fake News or Fake Theology?

The reason we have a lot of the issues we have in our world today is because people do not spend enough time reading God’s word to know what God’s word says.

If people read God’s word then they would respond differently to their enemies and their co-workers and their friends and family members. They would live differently. But, right now we live in in a self-centered world that adapts everything for ourselves.

Yet, it says in the greatest prayer of all time, the Lord’s prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done.”

In other words, God’s kingdom and God’s will. And, when we align our lives with that prayer, guess what?

We don’t have fake theology, we have real theology with real Biblical truth.

And there is a greater purpose and fulfillment in life.

So, maybe what we should be concerned about is not fake news, because fake news is based on fake theology. Fake news is dishonest, fake news is a lie, and real theology and real biblical truth are the only ways to combat it.

When our beliefs are based in real theology, we are quick to listen to the word of God, we are slow to speak and slow to anger, and we protect how we respond and we make sure it is factual, full of grace and spoken appropriately.

So, what’s the real issue? Fake news or fake theology? Fake news is based upon the thought, “Is this right for me? Then I do it.”

Real theology says this, “I’m going to base my life upon the word of God that is proven.”

And if we live that way, there will be no question between what is real and what is fake.

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Making Sense of the Media Part 1

Do you ever take a rest from the media? The negativism? The absolute avalanche of information that we can get instantaneously?

When I peer through the media haze and look, I see so many contradictions. People say one thing and do another thing.

It’s in the political ranks, it’s on social media, on talk radio. It can make your mind smoke, and it doesn’t end there. Sports, relationships, television – there are so many messages being shouted all at once that it becomes undistinguishable chatter.

It’s just caused me to think, how am I living my life? Is my life one of consistency and character because I follow Christ? Or are there contradictions in my life?

I think of those people I really respect and one thing about them is this: they are consistent. They’re consistent because they’re grounded. Because they understand who they are and they’re not trying to be something else. Because they understand their purpose and surround themselves with good people. On a regular basis they are feeding themselves with grounded guidance. Now, if you read this blog on the regular then you know that I believe grounded guidance comes straight from the Bible.

These people I’m referring to, who stay grounded through His word, also consistently grow. And when the attacks of life happen and the struggles happen and that which they never planned for happens, they don’t fall apart. They grow through it.

And they’re life is not one of contradictions but one of consistency.

I want to be a consistent man who loves God, who loves others, and who looks out for the interest of others. That often means I need to unplug from the media and plug into the word of God.

How about you?

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. ~ Isaiah 40:8

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A prince is born… again… and…?

I would have thought in the last couple of days that someone almost equal with Jesus himself was coming. You guessed it: the new prince was born in the UK.

In fact, recognizing people are either completely obsessed or not at all interested (check out NPR on the story), The Guardian newspaper in the UK developed a button for people who don’t care about the Royal family to customize content that doesn’t include baby news…

Guardian newspaper

I’m not completely cynical, I’m glad that notable people had a child and he may be the next heir, but I’ve got to tell you I’m a little confused by all the intrigue, anticipation for the birth of someone that most people will never know.

I’m glad Prince William and his beautiful wife have a child, but there’s someone we can get more excited about and know… Jesus. Just a thought…

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