Archive for February 19, 2021

Someone very dear to me was involved in a situation that was tragic. What was more tragic was how the media spun the story. They made a point of vilifying everyone involved. Rather than telling us what happened, they told us what to think and they were wrong. It was heinous and inexcusable, but that’s passes for journalism these days. If it bleeds it leads and never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Praise God vindication came and prayers were answered, but the healing continues.

Why do I share this? Because the truth does not need to be spun. We who are Christian, and especially those of us with creative gifts, have been entrusted with the greatest true story ever told. It’s a story of salvation and redemption, sin and repentance, and mainly it’s a story of love, and, again, it’s absolutely true. How we communicate it matters. You see truth is both powerful and fragile. Truth has the power to change lives and even the course of history, but add to it or subtract from it and you run a very real risk of destroying it. Truth can stand on it’s own. We don’t need to put a spin on it, we just need to tell it.

There are a million truthful ways to tell this story. There are a lot of aspects to call out and a thousand wonderful things to share. What we need to be careful of is that we don’t try to slant the story to serve any purpose but God’s purpose, because His purpose is the only one that matters. When we try to advance any agenda but His, we corrupt the Gospel. In the midst of our call to creatively share the Gospel, we dare not get creative with the truth itself or we run the risk of making it no longer true.

The Truth Doesn’t Need to Be Spun.