I was looking at a youtube video and in the sidebar, I saw something that said “Stand Up For Christ.” I thought it might be a sermon jam or something like that, so I followed the rabbit trail to this video. It is what I found later to be a rehashed version for a chain email from the 1990’s.
I should say that I am immediately skeptical of anything that says “this is true” or anything to that effect. It is a somewhat warming story, but when I went to do some fact-checking. It turns out that the story is, just that, a story. I know that it should not get my goat, but it makes me think of “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”(Phil 4:8 ESV) What this tells me is that what is true should matter to us. We, as Christians, should love and seek the truth.
There is one other matter that I dislike about this. When we declare something to be true, and it turns out not to be, it affects other things we declare to be true - like our witness of Christ. I believe that it is OK to tell stories and Jesus spoke in parables. However, if we declare something to be true, it should be true. We should check our facts and remember that in the public arena, we do not only represent outselves, but we represent Jesus Christ.