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Truth in an Age of Fake News

The past few months have been wild, right?

What we once celebrated as Web 2.0 and the rise of citizen journalism has turned into people blindly retweeting or sharing on Facebook things they’ve not even read or bothered to click on the link.

Why bother?” Says our impulsive, dopamine soaked brain. The picture with corresponding headline elicited the response we’d already pre-conceived.

So here we are. Each of us left to spread and defend our own versions of reality. Fake news. Alternative facts. Divisive narratives.

Here. we. are.

Truth in an Age of Fake News

Here’s good news for my Christian friends. On our bookshelves or backpacks or nightstands or coffee tables is a source of truth that has passed the test of time.

Now is a really good time to get back-to-basics. Let’s set aside our personal opinions, felt needs, ongoing teaching series… all of that. And let’s get back to reading and studying truth found in the Bible.

This age of fake news leaves us hungry for something we can rely on. It’s been here all along. It’s been here for ages. And it’ll be here for millennia.

The Bible.

Put away your phone. Delete the Bible app. And open an actual printed Bible.

Better yet? Invite some friends over to read it together.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31b-32

By Adam McLane

Adam McLane is a partner at The Youth Cartel, co-author of A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media, blogger of 10+ years, and a fan of all things San Diego State University Aztecs.

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