Spin. It has become a part of public dialogue. Someone has defined it as propaganda or a creative interpretation of events or deflection from potentially controversial topics or playing loosely with the truth or crafted bias.
Here’s an example: “If you put aside this Macondo incident, 2009 was the best year we’d had, and 2010 was also heading in that direction.” Those were the words of BP CEO Bob Dudley used to describe the trajectory of his company. Macondo was the well that dumped 210 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, creating an environmental and economic catastrophe that affected millions of lives and cost billions of dollars. 11 people who worked on the Deep Horizon rig were never found.
“So, other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”
I guess we can all be guilty of spin. There are times when we try to cover a mistake, exaggerate a story, make excuses, or try to make ourselves look better. Our personal histories can get a bit clouded, like the guy who admitted, “The older I get, the better I was.”
History is full of spin, usually told through the eyes of the victor, the more powerful, the one writing. Christians have been accused of spin through the centuries. To some, the Bible is just a collection of 66 books full of spin. The story of Jesus has often been assaulted as history’s greatest spin.
Think about it. It couldn’t have happened the way the Gospels spin it. Let’s review some of the criticism: (1) There was no such historical figure as Jesus; (2) Jesus was a simple man, a teacher, perhaps a prophet, but nothing more: (3) The miracle stories were concocted to make Jesus look bigger, better; (4) Jesus did not die on the cross – he swooned, he recovered, they used a substitute; (5) The disciples stole his body and hid it, then told fantastic stories about a resurrection; (6) The appearances post-death can be attributed to mass hallucinations.
There are plenty more. To sum it up, I think men like C.S. Lewis and Josh McDowell had it right. Jesus was either liar, lunatic, or Lord. No spin. A great deal rides on the answer people choose.
He is risen. He is risen indeed.