Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and is a clear headed thinker that I enjoy reading. I don’t always agree with him, but he always makes me do something that many of us forget about doing—especially when emotions are running high.
He makes me think.
That’s exactly what he did in a recent blog post title, Factchecker: Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq?
Carter brought up a number of inconsistencies in the reports coming from Iraq about the beheading of children. He has taken a lot of heat for having questioned it, but shouldn’t we be fact checking this stuff? As Christians, we should always pursue the truth! Joe Carter does not discourage people from praying for these children, their families, or even the specifics of the situation. He simply reminds us that we should make sure we have our facts straight before we spread the “news.”
I have no doubt that much of the reports about ISIS’ advance through Iraq is true. And whether they are beheading children does not radically change my perspective on what is going on. I also find Carter’s perspective refreshing and honest.
Evil is evil and wrong is wrong. There’s no reason to fabricate stories, let’s stick with the truth.
Persecution of the Church is real. Spreading false stories is a disservice to those who are truly suffering for the cause of Christ.