Mmmm Aussie Asian Food Mmmm
Australia has a great variety of food because we are so close to Asia.
But that’s not the only delicious food on offer.
There is food in world news and current affairs.
What is truth?
Journalists seek the truth when reporting the news.
But how do we know they are telling the truth?
The USA government has challenged traditional news channels.
An official spokeswoman presented her own “Alternative Facts”.
The USA President complained that traditional news channels spread “Fake News”.
He prefers that we only follow his Twitter account instead.
But he was caught out spreading his own Fake News about Sweden.
He claimed that a terrorist attack occurred in Sweden.
The Swedish government confirmed that there was no terrorist attack.
A senior USA senator claimed that the President was trying to control the News.
This is reminiscent of news channels being controlled by dictators like Hitler.
Democracies rely on free and independent news channels.
Traditional news channels are competing with Social Media for our attention.
We increasingly rely on our smartphones for information and news.
Journalists need to write sensational headlines to attract more click-throughs.
How trustworthy and reliable is your source of news?
Celebrity gossip pages have infiltrated traditional news channels.
News editors have discovered that gossip attracts attention and sells newspapers.
There is a fine line between the truth, embellished facts and celebrity gossip.
The following Bible passage tells of a different truth that is more important:
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 2-4
The author of this letter wrote to a leader of congregation, possibly a small house-church.
He calls them his children and prays for good health for them.
He expresses joy that this church is continuing to walk in the truth.
He encourages hospitality to support the work of the truth.
He warns against troublemakers spreading malicious gossip.
He hoped to see them again face-to-face.
So what is this truth that is so important in the church?
This truth is a person.
This truth is Jesus.
God lovingly and mercifully gave us His son Jesus.
We deserved to die for our sins.
Jesus died in our place and took the punishment we deserved.
Through Jesus we can be at peace with God.
Jesus graciously offers us forgiveness and eternal life with him.
This is the eternal truth that shapes the lives of Jesus’ followers.
Ultimately celebrity gossip is meaningless.
Fake News and controversial governments will soon be forgotten.
They will all be replaced by eternal truth.
Can you differentiate between Fake News and the truth?
Do you know the truth that offers forgiveness and peace?
For followers, how does the eternal truth shape your daily lives?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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