…well, not always. In fact, I don’t even know where that cockamamie concept originated. Especially now with the various photo-editing applications and other wonders of the virtual world that continue to invade our reality. So when pictures show up on my email or on other forms of communication, I tend to be a bit more skeptical than I would have in the past.
In fact, right now the whole concept of “Fake News” is making a comeback. At least, I call it a comeback. Fake News has been around forever, starting in a Garden a long time ago, and it comes in many forms, being woven quite effectively into our modern living:
Propaganda was an effective tool to discourage the Allies in World War 2.
Most people my age have probably heard the phrase, “there are lies, there are d**n lies, and there are statistics.”
Of course, then there are the white lies. Which is like having a white carpet in a house with three children and two dogs…
There’s the infamous statement, “Just kidding”. Orson Wells tried that back in the 1930’s with a recital of a World of the Worlds enactment on radio, and that went over quite well.
Like Solomon said, truly there is nothing new under the sun…
But that doesn’t mean I just abandon my five senses as any source of honest interpretation. It does mean, however, that I need a little discernment. Or a lot. Words are cheap, but observable behaviors and definable outcomes have a place in what’s really going on behind the scenes.
Or better yet, what’s going on within the heart.
“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.”
It behooves me to be reminded that God Almighty sees it all as it really is, no spiritual photo-editing in Heaven. The first order question, then, is what does He see in my life? In His church? And whatever He sees, and however He sees it, IS worthy to be believed.
Revelation 2:19 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.