“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”
Proverbs 12:22 (NIV)
There has been considerable controversy in the media over what is known as ‘fake news.’ We seem to live in a world that makes every effort to avoid using words that accurately describe a subject—a spade is no longer a spade. We soften the impact of certain words in order to dilute their meaning. The expression ‘fake news’ is a case in point. Fabrication, whether it be in a newspaper, television programme or gossip on the street corner, is quite simply a lie. It is a complete untruth—a falsehood.
It is a clear indication of how far we, society, have moved from Christian morality, that we even have discussions as to what to do about it. God leaves us in no shadow of doubt as to how He handles lies. Psalm 101:7 tells us, “No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.” No softening approach there!
Lies hurt people, that is the bottom line, God says don’t do it. Lies destroy lives—trust is broken, doubt and suspicion prevail. Our edict is found in Philippians 4:8 “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Some journalists and pundits have yet to learn the merits of truth. Let us look forward to the day when they will rue their ‘fake news’ stories and turn their pen toward God.
Father, we ask forgiveness for our errant ways and ask for your help in guarding our tongues that we may use them to please you and you alone.
Study by Irene Wilson
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
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