Bishop’s Blog: ‘Good News or Fake News?’

By Bishop Peggy Johnson

There is a lot of talk recently about “fake news” with various reports of false information being projected as truth in our media outlets.

During the U.S. presidential campaign there was a fake news account of a child abuse ring happening in a pizza parlor in Washington, DC, that was allegedly the work of one of the candidates. This story prompted a 28-year old man to drive six hours to investigate and retaliate.

He came into the pizza parlor firing an assault rifle because he believed the story was true and was trying to help the abused children. This is an extreme example of what can happen when fake news is out there posing as truth.

Fake news is not a new thing. On that first Easter Sunday the tomb was empty and guards witnessed the resurrection. The Gospel of Matthew records that “for fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.”

Later that day these same guards met with the chief priests and explained what happened.  Then the fake news was invented. The guards were bribed to tell people that Jesus’ disciples came by night and stole his body while they were asleep.

Fake news are manipulative lies often founded on fear and hatred that seek to spread the negativity of misdeeds, death and despair.

Good news, on the other hand, is the power of God to transform death into life, turn despair into hope and cast out fear through perfect, divine love. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the best news ever witnessed in the history of humankind.

Because Jesus lives, we too can live forever after our mortal death. We can live our lives for Christ fearlessly and hopefully now because of this promise of resurrection. Continue reading and comment on the Bishop’s Blog