We all have heard and probably have used the term “fake news”. In this narrative information is presented that has no factual basis but is presented as fact.” Michael Radutzky a producer of CBS 60 Minutes takes the definition a step further “Fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically. Fake news is not a new form of disinformation. It was used over 2000 years ago.
John 18:12-13– “So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.”
To convince those in power and eventually an entire city that a man who had thought about doing good who could be accused in a negative way only of calling out the religious frauds and charlatans, to be viewed along with His mother as a lying con artist who raised a demon possessed, alcoholic son who pretended to be spiritual as part of a great demonic deception. These forces (demonic) are still at work. This same pattern continues in every age as the same forces encourage people to do the same thing to others that happened to Jesus. False narratives are demonic and a form of lying.*
I have been guilty of digesting fake news. And I am saddened when I see others being a victim of these false narratives on social media. False narratives, which are in essence lies, come primarily in three different ways . The false narrative fosters lies by disparaging and discrediting the truth. All information related to a subject is forced into and through the lens of the groundwork of a false narratives already in place. The false narrative gives you the choice of choosing the lesser of two evils. Jesus said “The truth will set you free”. As people called by His name we should be encouraged and dedicated to holding up any narrative against the truth of His Word. And ask ourselves Is there any false narrative that I am believing, or helping to perpetuate, about someone else?
*From Mark Driscoll’s devotional.