Since the church office is normally closed on Friday, I am enjoying Monday as my holiday celebrating our nation's birthday. However, I wanted to share a little bit with everyone. As I enjoyed my morning coffee watching some news channels and also reading some posts on social media, I was again alarmed by the gulf between many citizens of the same country that seems to get bigger each day. I could not help but notice that many opinions are based on the source we choose as a template for arriving at conclusions on politics, public health decisions, and how to consider the protest movement that is sweeping our country. When we consider the sources of information that we digest, we will find they include politicians (we agree with or not), mainline news media, non-main line media that for some reason we use as a source of news, and of course the internet.
As I considered some of these sources, my mind went to a conversation I had with my oldest son about a book he was reading when he was a young boy. I explained that what the author wrote was not biblically accurate. His response was: "but dad, the author said he was a Christian." I explained that just because he said he was a Christian, did not mean that what he wrote was Biblically accurate. The reason why that memory came to mind was that some people are reaching conclusions, and perhaps even passionately sharing them, based on information they have seen on social media or the internet. I can almost hear a conversation where I would say, "What they wrote is not accurate" and hear the response, "But they said they were a news source".
What is a reliable source of information? I would have us consider Peter's words in 1Peter 1:25 ["All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever."] Only the words we find in Scripture are truly reliable. I would encourage all of us to base our opinions, and consider our words, first and foremost on what the word of God says to us.
Have a blessed Monday