Does anyone remember guys like David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite? When we tuned into the news on our TV sets of the 1950s, we could be pretty sure that we were being fed the truth, because those guys had no reason to do otherwise. Journalists were taught to check all their sources twice before reporting a story. They included the “who, what, why, when and how.” There was a race to get a scoop in those days, but not before all the facts were known.
With the onset of Watergate and the Viet Nam War, our nation became one of enquiring minds wanting to know. With the advent of the internet, they wanted to know immediately. Watergate opened the door to investigative reporting, relying on questionable sources and meeting in dark corners to get the story. Viet Nam gave way to imbedded reporters on the battlefields and the ugliness of war became an addition to our evening meal.
Today, there are still those who look for truth. They check their sources before turning in their stories. They are ethical in their reporting. However, as with anything intended for good, someone is always lurking in the background with the temptation to get the story first – no matter what the cost,
Fake news has become a commodity for those who long for the sensational. Our love affair with seeing others in a bad light is one of the most successful tools of the devil and he wastes no time in making sure we get it. Those of us who want the truth, have turned off the news and opted for something on the travel or history channels. We need an escape from the daily tabloid news which has become a steady regimen for the world.
So, who do we believe? What do we believe? Can we believe anything?
We need to stay informed as to what’s happening in the world, but we also need to know we’re getting the truth. Unfortunately, we’re daily being exposed to false stories without fact checking – opinions rather than solid reporting and a media that stirs discontent and anger among the people. Most crimes don’t even reach a courtroom before they’re judged by the media and popular opinion based on the same. Reporting of protests with supposedly thousands of people are being manned by a dozen or so. We’re often only getting half the story. CNN was responsible for the way the news was reported and it continually slants their stories to say they got the scoop.
I believe in free speech. I know a press controlled by the government would be disastrous, but isn’t what we see today, just as bad? It comes to a point where trust is a non-existent word in our every day vocabulary.
I believe the only truth we can count on comes to us in the form of the Bible. This is God speaking to us through men He inspired to write it down. The fact that it has continued through the ages – in spite of various translations – proves to me that it’s truly from Him. God doesn’t lie. He remains consistent through His Word and actions. The Bible supports itself throughout and it changes lives. Because God remains the same each day, His Word is the only source of truth.
There are nuggets for every aspect of living – stories of average guys like you and me doing extraordinary things – unexpected goals being accomplished – the truth that we’re God’s children and He loves each of us unconditionally. Want some good news? Read the Bible.