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The Resurrection: Good News vs Fake News (An Easter Sermon Idea)
The first challenge to the truth of the gospel wasn’t a competing idea or argument. It was the planting of a fake news story.

Why did they do that? It’s a standard political tactic. If you can’t refute someone’s claims, muddy the waters with other stories. What we now call fake news.

Fake News Isn’t New

Fake news has become a huge topic of conversation recently. But fake news isn’t new. It’s been following on the heels of real news forever.

It’s how the serpent tempted Eve. By taking what God really said and twisting it just enough to make her doubt reality. And it’s how the resurrection was challenged within hours of it happening.

If the gospel ever loses its power in a person, a church or a culture, it will never be because someone offers a better idea or philosophy. Because there aren’t any.

The only time the gospel is in danger of losing its impact is when we drift away from the central story for lesser stories.

The only time the gospel is in danger of losing its impact is when we drift away from the central story for lesser stories – real or fake.

For instance, when the resurrection becomes just a metaphor for renewal instead of keeping it anchored to time and space, we strip it of its uniqueness. And, with that, its power to change lives.

As the Apostle Paul reminded us “…if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (1 Corinthians 15:14)

Tell the Story

As Christians, our stories matter. Starting with the resurrection of Jesus.

Real stories of real lives transformed by the power of the resurrected Christ are the most powerful tool we have to touch a world that’s hungry, not for a new idea, a new philosophy or a new fad – but for truth, hope and good news.

So tell your story.

And re-tell Jesus’ story. Of his life, teachings, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection.

The truth will always give you something compelling to say.

The truth will always win out over any competing philosophy or fake news story.

Because only the truth will set you (and others) free.

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March 20, 2017 at 3:33 AM

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