Walking with Jesus

Escape From our Echo Chamber

Escaping Your Echo Chamber: If you only listen to one side then that side will always seem right.

If there is one thing I’ve noticed on Facebook and Social Media, it’s that too many people (…and I’m guilty too), live in our own little echo chamber, where we refuse to consider all of the facts and all of the sides. What do I mean? Well, I have friends who would identify as liberal, and who will accuse any source that says something they disagree with must be fake news. My conservative friends do the same.

I don’t think we carefully consider why we inherently trust one version of events over the other. Can you definitively say that the news report you’re trusting in is telling you the truth?

I don't think we carefully consider why we inherently trust one version of events over the other. Can you definitively say that the news report you're trusting in is telling you the truth? Click To Tweet

Proverbs Addresses Our Echo Chamber Too

Escaping Your Echo Chamber: If you only listen to one side then that side will always seem right.

All of these crazy thoughts were swimming in my head recently when I re-read Proverbs 18. There are two nuggets of wisdom that apply here.

He who answers before he hears [the facts]—
It is folly and shame to him. 

Proverbs 18:13

Solomon further clarifies the issue a few verses later when he reminds us how easy it is to believe someone if you only objectively judge one side of the testimony:

The first one to plead his case seems right,
Until another comes and cross-examines him.

Proverbs 18:17

In other words, if all you are doing is listening to one side, that side will always seem right. Why? Because you’ve not even considered the other side of the issue.

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Truth is Not Relative

Make no mistake. I’m not saying, nor is Solomon teaching, that truth is relative.

It’s not.

Truth is actually a person — Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

Instead, the caution here is not to just believe any source at face value.

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For example, I believe and trust the Bible for a few reasons.

  1. I know the Author personally and intimately
  2. I trust the source documents as authentic
  3. I’ve studied apologetics and textual criticism

I do not trust CNN, Fox News, or my crazy Facebook friend who shares panicked posts about the destruction of society as we know it on a daily basis. Why?

They’ve been wrong in the past

They are in the business of ratings, not truth

The Bottom Line

Escaping Your Echo Chamber: If you only listen to one side then that side will always seem right.

The bottom line in all of this “Echo Chamber” talk is this:

Is what I’m filling my heart and mind with, or even just letting into my life, making me more like Jesus Christ or less? Am I spreading His love to a hurting world by spreading this “news” or am I giving people new reasons to reject God?

Listen, friends, we can’t keep drinking in all of the anger, meanness, hard-heartedness, and general nasty rhetoric that is spewed about on social media and the news and expect to grow the fruit of the Spirit.

I talked about this a little bit in another post on Loving Like Jesus and other Hard Things.

It’s not going to happen. Period.