Facts Are Our Friends: Why Sharing Fake News Makes Us Look Stupid and Harms Our Witness

When You Share Fake News You Are Making Our Team Look Stupid

The Trump Administration is off to a bad start with the truth… and this time on things that just don’t matter.

On Sunday, President Trump reported that the media underreported the crowd size in his swearing-in ceremony. His press secretary doubled down on the claim, in a now widely-debunked claim that this was the largest crowd in the history of inaugurations.

But, who cares how many people came to the inauguration?

In fact, it’s easy to understand why the attendance might be down: Clinton won the states near D.C., meaning that the incoming President’s supporters had to travel farther to attend than in previous years; the most recent inaugurations were historic because Obama was the first black president, so there were many who wanted to attend in person; there was forecasted rain, so some people would stay home.

At the end of the day, however, to most of us, that number doesn’t even matter.

Yet the Trump Administration is starting with a new version of facts—called “alternative facts” by Trump’s spokeswoman.

Truth Matters

This is a real problem for the Trump Administration.

What matters to me most, however, is that this is a Christian problem, because Christians have gullibly consumed much of the fake news out there. And when Christians believe fake news, it makes us all look stupid—and causes Christianity itself to look stupid.

At the moment, Sean Spicer looks like Baghdad Bob. But this is not a new thing. I’ve seen it before. I’ve seen it often in this election season, and far too often from Christians.

I’ve had Christians post on my Facebook page about #pizzagate, Obama’s birth certificate, and more. And I’m embarrassed that these things …

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from Simon Cox Blog http://feeds.christianitytoday.com/~r/christianitytoday/ctmag/~3/N3gGousXtNU/facts-are-our-friends.html

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