Truth Or Consequences
(By Geoff Snowling)
I have always been an avid watcher of TV news bulletins. I like to keep up to date on events happening in the world as well as in the UK. The bulletins always seemed accurate and the reporting unbiased. Over the last few years all that has changed. The big change came with the Brexit vote. All pretence to be unbiased changed overnight with all news channels favouring Remain. From the start it was obvious that we were stepping into the great unknown with lots of the questions which people wanted the answer to unable to be answered. What the MPs on both sides of the debate didn’t know they guessed and presented as fact. This caused a lot of confusion especially with the vulnerable. Most reports were liberally sprinkled with words like “catastrophic” and “extraordinary”, the whole pace of the presentation was raised to make it seem more urgent and to make people vote a certain way.
When the haggling was finally settled at the last election, I breathed a sigh of relief hoping things would go back to normal. No such luck! COVID-19 reared its ugly head and off we went again. Again, there were lots of unknowns and again at daily briefings what the scientists didn’t know was guessed at but presented as fact. This often caused confusion. At the beginning, figures for the number of victims were presented as a percentage of the previous day’s figure; this made the figure seem worse. Also, a new word, “pandemic” was used frequently. In both instances truth was the first casualty and fear was ramped up.
Does it really matter that the truth was manipulated? Does it matter if extra fear was generated? Jesus came declaring “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). So, if we are serious about following Him then the truth is paramount and not an option. Jesus also recognised that we are fearful and often said “fear not” to those around him. If Jesus recognised this weakness in us, should we not support those who are fearful?
Finally, always remember: if nobody seems to care, God does.