Lesson 2: December 10, 2017
Faith to Discern: Acts 3:1-12
Teaching Strategy: Discuss how in your church community you discern between true and false teachings. What is the role of faith in this discernment?
The daily news is full of accusations of “fake news.” During the 2016 election, there were many made-up stories posted on social media such as Facebook. Following the election, one presidential advisor described inaccurate information as “alternative facts.” Last week a high level White House official pled guilty to lying to the FBI, a felony which carries the possibility of a prison sentence. There are numerous accounts of the President himself making false statements and changing what he has said from one occasion to another.
In these tumultuous and polarized times, it appears that the importance of facts and the meaning of truth itself are no longer widely shared assumptions. Believers are challenged to ask themselves how they discern between true and false teachings – in the church and in the world. What is the role of faith in this discernment? “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 (NRSV)
- Being People of Truth in a World of Fake News
- Lying Has Consequences
- Donald Trump’s “Fake News” Tactics
- Fox News’ Shepard Smith Says ‘It’s A Lie’ To Call Trump-Russia Probe ‘Fake News’