Fake News!!

There are two kinds of fake news: Stories that simply aren’t true. And then stories that have some truth but aren’t 100 percent accurate.

For example, a journalist quotes only part of what a politician says, giving a false impression of their meaning! Again, this can be deliberate, to convince readers of a certain viewpoint, or it can be the result of an innocent mistake. Either way, it quickly attracts an audience and can become entrenched as an “urban myth.”

For instance, I got all rattled when I heard reports over the Radio from an MEC of Health – no lowly spokesperson here but the head himself – saying that Gauteng had prepared 1 million graves for Covid patients. Shocker!! Next day I stumbled across the following recantation: “The province does not have over a million already open dug graves, the over a million graves refers to the collective capacity municipalities can take,” the statement read. This is just one example of the plethora of fake new articles around Covid and the Vaccination process. My brothers and sisters, ask yourselves the question:- do we trust the huge volume of information given through clever, analytical, well studied and educated medical scientists or the “Johnny-come-lately conspiracy theorists ”who tout their own agenda and fame? Tis a no-brainer!!

Who do we trust these days??

Life is so uncertain anyway and neuroscientists have said that uncertainty is an even more stressful state to be in than actually knowing something bad will happen. “Your brain isn’t wired to tolerate uncertainty, but it is wired to be alert to a threat. It always assumes the worst, over personalises threats and jumps to conclusions. Your brain will do almost anything for the sake of certainty – all in the name of survival.” (Lindsay de Freitas)

These things of which I have written are real and will always be around us through the media, social media and mischievous troublemakers. How do you and I balance that through our faith?

I want to share one of God’s precious portions of Good News – absolutely ‘non-fake news’. This is the stuff you need to concentrate on in these days, as it is truth and a light for our path through Covid-19. Read it slowly and meditate on each line.

I am going to take selected verses from Isaiah 43
This is what the LORD says: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you – all who are called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. You are my witnesses, I have chosen you, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am the Lord your God.
 
No fake news here – Gospel truth!
 
With love in Christ – stay safe and protected!
 
Rob Penrith

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