With the potential for false news going viral on social media, many celebrities in recent years have been reported as dead while being alive and well. This is just more evidence of how quickly hearsay spreads.
Beyond the internet hoaxes, there’s one other prominent figure who many believed has died: God. You might be hard-pressed to find a meme stating “God is dead.” This piece of false news has gone viral nonetheless.
It is true that some people do not believe in God, but they are not to be blamed for the absence of faith, hope, and love among us. Those who have most spread the rumor that “God is dead” are Christians. Every time we let the world’s darkness overwhelm his light in our lives, we buy into the myth that God is dead (see John 1:5). Every time we believe that the world’s problems can only be solved through man’s means, we declare “God is dead” (see 1 Corinthians 1:18-31). Every time we appeal to fear rather than love, we act as if God is dead (see 1 John 4:18-21). Every time that we decide something is more important or more powerful than God, then to us, He really is dead because that thing is now our god.
You and I might be guilty of writing God’s obituary, but he is and always will be alive and well. Neither our attitudes nor our actions can change God’s vitality. What might have changed is our willingness to let God live in us. He wants to, but the choice is ours. Don’t let Satan’s rumors and the world’s darkness cover-up God’s life in you.
The Gospel of Jesus is about how death was swallowed up by life. When more Christians resurrect that good news in our lives, the world will realize that “God is dead” was only a lie. Be blessed today through faith in God, and bless others along the way.