© John Denney
It’s difficult to avoid basing a topical Thought for the Day on the campaign in
With the newspapers and the radio and the
television justifiably dominated by stories of the events in
I guess April Fools hoaxes prove that you certainly can fool some of the people some of the time. Something more profound, though, is that what we believe counts for less than who tells us about it. In short, is the source of our information to be trusted? The shock of the Panorama Spaghetti tree hoax in the 1950s was because a) it was on the BBC and b) it was fronted by the most trusted broadcaster of his day, Richard Dimbleby. It was a harmless deception, but the fact that we still talk about it nearly 50 years later shows just how flabbergasted the country was.
“Who tells us” is why over a third of the world’s population believes the teaching and example of a man who walked the earth 2000 years ago. Two billion people model their lives on that of Jesus, who called himself, among other things, “the truth”. The truth. Christians believe and trust Jesus.
The question is: whom do you trust? The media? Politicians? Your family? Your friends? … And who trusts you?