25th March 2019

The Consequences of ‘Fake News!’ 

“It is the Spirit which gives life. The flesh will not help you. The things which I have told you are spiritual and are life.”
John 6:63 (Phillips)

Recently we have all been introduced to Fake News. That is, news or information that is untrue and misleading. This of course sends us down a path that leads to nothing but despair and confusion. It is not the truth and therefore it is not advisable to build our hopes on it.

This reminds me of the two men who built houses—one upon the rock and the other upon the sand. Jesus told this story to warn those listening to him that there is fake news out there, and most importantly he told it as a conclusion to what we call The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7.

Here is his advice: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a sensible man who builds his house on rock. Down came the rain and up came the floods, while the winds blew and roared upon that house—and it did not fall because its foundations were on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25). Was this guy worried and anxious when he saw the storm clouds gathering? Did he feel afraid whenever he saw the lightening flash, the thunder roll and the rain pour down? No way! His dwelling was safely anchored upon the rock—he is free from worries, free from darkness and free from illusion.

Both houses look secure and robust in fine weather, but what about the other guy? Jesus goes on to say; “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not follow them can be compared with a foolish man who built his house on sand. Down came the rain and up came the floods, while the winds blew and battered that house till it collapsed, and fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:26-27). Someone probably gave him this fake news: ‘It’s easier to build on the sand, you don’t have to dig deep to reach the rock, that’s too much work—chill out it will be okay!’

This ignorance of ‘Good News’ is a disaster, and it brings heartache and despair and will take us down a road that leads nowhere. It’s pretty much like building sand castles on a beach—they look great and are so easy to construct, but when the incoming tide rushes up that beach, they are totally washed away and it’s as if they had never existed at all! Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life—build your life on him and his words and be secure from the storms, the winds and the rain that life throws at you constantly (John 14: 6-7 NIV).

Lord, help us avoid ‘fake news’ and be attentive to your advice—your words that lead to peace of mind, security and eternal life.

Study by Cliff Neill


About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk



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