The year was 2009. I was in Zamorano, Honduras, with a half dozen students from my university, and we were in the country to study Spanish and assist a Christian medical organization with outreach they were doing to poor Hondurans. One of the volunteers with the medical organization was a built, energetic man from the Southeastern U.S. named Kenny. Kenny started asking me about what I was studying, and I answered that I was studying journalism and told him that I wanted to be a reporter. He asked me another question about how I became interested in the news media, and then asked me something to the effect of, how are you going to maintain your Christian faith in a newsroom? I could tell Kenny was skeptical of the media as a totally foreign culture to him. For him, flying to a country where he spoke little of the language and which was experiencing political turmoil was no problem, but working in a newsroom? That’s a little much, don’t you think?
Many people share Kenny’s skepticism of the news media. A September 2016 poll from Gallup found that the media is about as popular as Metrorail. Just one in three Americans trust the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. That’s the lowest level in Gallup polling history.
Hillary supporters are accusing the media of skewing the election. Trump supporters are also accusing the media of skewing the election. Too much coverage of this issue, not enough coverage of this issue, too little coverage of the issues. So in truth, no one likes us.
It’s not just people today who don’t trust the media; the 20th century Christian writer C.S. Lewis had some very harsh things to say about the media. As I was putting together this talk, I thought, a great place to start is going to be C.S. Lewis – thoughtful writer, intellectual – surely he’ll have something insightful to say. Here’s what I found. This is a quote from his book “An Experiment in Criticism,” where he lays out characteristics of what he calls an unliterary reader: “The most unliterary reader of all sticks to ‘the news’. He reads daily, with unwearied relish, how, in some place he has never seen, under circumstances which never become quite clear, someone he doesn’t know has married, rescued, robbed, raped, or murdered someone else he doesn’t know.” Thank you, C.S. Lewis. A lot of help you are.
D. Introduce points
How should Christians interact with the media? How should they decide which stories to read and which programs to watch? How should Christians in the media view their profession? That’s what we want to think about tonight. I think we’ll be surprised by how much Christianity has to say about this topic. To do this, we are going to divide our time into three parts and then consider some applications. We want to consider, Part I, the character of God; Part II, the nature of the Bible; and Part III, lessons from the Bible, before looking at the applications.
II. The character of God
We need to start by considering Part I, the character of God, and think about the ways in which Christians are called to imitate God’s character, even in the ways that we interact with the media. Tonight I want to consider three parts of God’s character, and these will be three points under Part I.
God of truth
Point 1, God is a God of truth, and he sets the standard for truth in the world that he created. Here I am going to point out multiple examples from the Bible that demonstrate this. King David of Israel wrote a long poem about God’s Word. In that poem, Psalm 119, he says this: “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” (Psalm 119:160 ESV)
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah identified the lack of a publicly acknowledged standard of truth as a reason that the LORD was displeased with the people of Israel. In Isaiah 59, he writes: “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.” (Isaiah 59:14-15 ESV).
Israel had rejected the truth, God’s truth. Similar condemnations are declared by the prophets Jeremiah and Zechariah.
Time after time in the Bible, God makes it clear that he speaks the truth: “I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.” (Isaiah 45:19 ESV). That’s from the book of Isaiah, chapter 45.
And the New Testament account from the apostle John describes Jesus Christ as “full of grace and truth.” He describes the third member of the Trinity as the “Spirit of truth.”
Friends, there are many other examples I could give, but what is clear is that God is a God of truth, and any reporting that seeks the truth reflects the image of God in some small way. Like a dusty mirror that has been left out in the shed for years, we can reflect something of the image of God, even if that image is muddied and distorted by sin. It is a good thing that the public generally expects the news media to be truthful. In many countries, the public cannot expect the media to be truthful, but rather a propaganda arm of the ruling party. The freedom to pursue the truth no matter where it may lead is a blessing to this country, and the Founding Fathers were wise to embed freedom of the press into the Constitution. Reader, are you reading the news to understand the truth or to confirm your own presuppositions? One way we, as news producers and consumers, can image the character of God is by seeking the truth.
God of compassion
The second part of God’s character we want to consider is Point 2, God is a God of compassion. These are wonderful verses here, hugely encouraging for the Christian.
King David wrote in Psalm 145, “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” (Psalm 145:8-9 ESV)
Again, David wrote in Psalm 103, “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” (Psalm 103:13 ESV)
Did you know that God’s compassion was obvious in the Old Testament laws that he required Israel to follow? Not just hard-to-find, but obvious. If you think of Old Testament God as harsh and judgmental and New Testament God as loving and forgiving, you are missing something wonderful. As an example, look at how he commanded the Israelites treat immigrants and the poor.
Here I’ll read from Exodus chapter 22: “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.” (Exodus 22:21-24 ESV)
The Lord even built in a form of welfare for the migrant and the poor. “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 23:22 ESV)
But of course his greatest demonstration of compassion was not in meeting any physical need but in sending his son Jesus to the earth to live the perfect life that he required of all of us, but which we could not live, and to die on a cross and rise from the dead. The creator living among the creation; God taking on human flesh; the immortal accepting death – there has never been a more compassionate person than Jesus Christ.
Why do I bring this up? Because some of the best journalism gives us the opportunity to show compassion to others. Friends, are you consuming media simply to sound smart at social events, or are you doing it with an eye toward empathy? When the media tells the stories of the beaten down and oppressed, it demonstrates something of the compassion of God. And when we as consumers use those stories to extend sympathy to another, we are reflecting this part of God’s character.
God of justice
The third part of God’s character we want to consider is Point 3, his justice. Let’s go to the book of Deuteronomy.
“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.” (Deuteronomy 10:17-18 ESV)
Did you hear that? God is great, mighty and awesome, meaning that he could do whatever he wants. He could raise an army of super-warriors and rule tyrannically, but instead he executes justice for the fatherless and the widow. Rather than taking advantage of the weak for his own power, he treats them with fairness and equity, acknowledging their dignity. He hates a bribe because that perverts justice. He does not treat anyone with partiality because of his skin color, economic position or political connections.
Deuteronomy 32 says, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 ESV)
God is a God of justice, and he calls his people to execute justice on the earth as well. Listen to God’s command to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy chapter 16.
“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20 ESV)
How can Christians apply this to the press? At its best, the press gives voice to the voiceless and the marginalized. While most of the attention this year has been on who can get access to the people running for political office, we still need journalists to tell the stories of the weakest in our society. If you work in the press, do you see it as part of your job to make sure they are given equal treatment under the law? For news consumers, do you read or watch with an eye toward protecting the weak, or do you only care about protecting your status or majority culture? If you read about an injustice – helpless babies being aborted, or the fact that drug use is roughly equal across racial lines, but black Americans are far more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white Americans – look for ways you can make it right. It could be big or small – from writing a letter to your member of Congress or joining an activist group or running for public office. God is a God of justice.
III. The nature of the Bible
Next we want to think about, Part II, the nature of the Bible. We have already quoted many times from the Bible. Considering the nature of the Bible will help us understand how God has communicated with us, and how we should think about the media.
The Bible is an honest account. In different times and different countries, God inspired different people to communicate truth to us, to mankind. He is a speaking God, and he has spoken through his word. There are a number of different genres present in the 66 books of the Bible, including poetry, historical, apocalyptic, epistle, prophecy, wisdom and gospel. What we see across genres is that the Bible is an honest account; it is the truth, and it conveys truth to the reader. Its beauty lies in how it portrays the truth about God and the truth about man. It reveals the folly of disobeying God’s law, and it shows the majesty and the wonder of God himself and of the opportunity that all have to repent of their sin and trust in Christ. The Bible is an honest account.
Friends, the whole Bible is true, but one particularly obvious and relevant example for us tonight is the gospel of Luke. Luke was a physician from the city of Antioch who also turned out to be an excellent reporter.
The first words in his gospel indicate that he set out to write an “orderly account” for a man named Theophilus so that Theophilus could be certain that the things he had been taught about Jesus were true.
So Luke pens an expansive “orderly account” of the life of Jesus and the early church. For this “orderly account,” Luke apparently interviewed eyewitnesses, family members, acquaintances, and disciples of Jesus. He wrote from memory, but he also did an impressive amount of research. If you have never read the Bible, the book of Luke would be a fantastic place to start because it is an orderly account of the life of Jesus, the central person of Christianity.
I wonder if you have ever been surprised by some of the contents of the Bible. Have you noticed how honestly it treats some people who are considered heroes of the faith? Consider King David. We have already examined some of King David’s writings in the Psalms, writings that have been a comfort to Christians down through the ages. But in the book of 2 Samuel, the author records a significant moral failing by David. The king lusts after a woman who is not his wife, gets her pregnant and then effectively kills the woman’s husband and then marries her. Spectacular sin committed by someone described later as a “man after God’s own heart.” The Bible is an honest account. And notice how the text describes the entire situation. I won’t read it right now, but the author explains a salacious story in modest terms. He goes into no more detail than is necessary to understand the story. This, I think, is typical of the Bible. Yes, there are some gory and evocative passages in the Bible, but the point is never to titillate or to shock but to convey truth about God or truth about the destructiveness of sin.
Do you read stories to be titillated or shocked, or do you read with an eye toward understanding more about the world, or more about the consequences of sin? One of the ways that Christians can best use the news media is to see how it exposes the folly of sin and exalts godly or moral behavior. When the Washington Post or Baltimore Sun investigates wrongdoing by a public official, that serves the community by bringing bad deeds into the light so that the public or the government may punish that official appropriately. Or when the Greenbelt News Review publishes an account of the success of a city council member’s government program, that serves this community by encouraging efforts that work for the good of the neediest among us.
Seek out news media that recognize wrong and seek to expose it, rather than glorifying sin.
1 Corinthians 13:6 says, “[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV)
Where possible, seek to avoid outlets that glorify drunkenness, immorality or greed, or any other sin.
That is Part II, the Bible is an honest account.
IV. Lessons from the Bible
Now we move to Part III, lessons from the Bible. In this part, I want to ask four questions.
How should we use our words?
Question 1, how should we use our words? I love how practical God’s Word is. Did you realize that God is sincerely interested in how we use our words, both spoken and written? One of the most practical books of the Bible is the book of Proverbs, which is a collection of writings that is packed with wisdom about how to live in a fallen world. Proverbs has an enormous amount to teach us about how we should use our words, and understanding what it has to say about them will inform how we digest the words spoken and written through the media.
Chapter 18 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21 ESV)
Proverbs tells us that our words can be used either to build up or destroy.
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (Proverbs 16:24 ESV)
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” (Proverbs 12:18-19 ESV)
The Christian can actually please God, bring God delight by the way we use our words.
“Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.” (Proverbs 12:22 ESV)
Proverbs is telling us to use our words in at least four ways: to tell the truth, to be gracious, to communicate wisdom, and to commend knowledge.
“The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.” (Proverbs 15:2 ESV)
“The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.” (Proverbs 15:7 ESV)
Here the wise are contrasted with the foolish. One commends knowledge, and the other pours out folly. The question I have for you media people is this, are you aware of how powerful your words are? The words that you say on TV or in a documentary or write in a newspaper or website or on Twitter hold the power of life and death, they hold the power to build up or destroy, they hold the power to commend knowledge or spread folly. Do you feel that weight? Maybe you thought your words were just words. They won’t hurt anybody. You get paid to be a “talking head” that knows just what to say to rile everyone up and get more people watching. But friends, your words are powerful, and the Bible says you will be judged by them.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” (Matthew 12:36 ESV)
Once you have felt the weight of your words, see the tremendous opportunity there is for you to use your words for good, to commend knowledge, to spread wisdom and to speak truth. This is a glorious calling that all Christians have, but it’s one that is particularly relevant for those who work with words for a living.
What words should we listen to?
Question 2, what words should we listen to? Here, Proverbs can help us even more. We should listen to words that impart knowledge.
Proverbs 15 says, “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.” (Proverbs 15:14 ESV)
Proverbs 18 says, “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15 ESV)
Proverbs 19 says, “Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover good.” (Proverbs 19:8 ESV)
When these verses talk about knowledge, they do not merely mean I know a bunch of facts in my head, but rather they mean knowledge that leads to wisdom. We should seek to understand God’s world so that we can obtain wisdom.
Proverbs 23 says, “Buy truth, and do not sell it;
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.” (Proverbs 23:23-25 ESV)
Friends, if the media provides us with knowledge, understanding and even wisdom, that is a very good thing. I think this is one way that we should evaluate the media outlets that we frequent: can I get knowledge, understanding and wisdom here? If not, why not? Is there another outlet that I could turn to where I could get knowledge?
What should we think about?
Question 3 under Part III, what should we think about as Christians?
Philippians 4:8 tells us, “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.” (Philippians 4:8 ESV)
This command does not mean that Christians are to ignore hard things on this earth because they are so high-minded. On the contrary, Christians think a lot about sin and suffering and hardship. But Christians are called here to direct our thoughts toward things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, praiseworthy. So how should this affect our media consumption?
My mom and dad would often watch the 6 o’clock local news when I was growing up, and I can remember multiple times my parents saying, OK, that’s enough. Turn it off. Story after story seemed to deal with tragedy: murder, rape, burglary, scandal, and not in a way that was offering hope or a way forward for people. Rather, the stories were simply depressing. It was as if these were the only things going on in our city, and my parents, at the end of a long work day, had had enough. Some might call this escapism, but I can tell you that I have often felt that way, that the news was just too depressing to follow and that I needed to think about more excellent things. Does your news consumption still allow you to obey this command in Philippians? Be willing to turn off the news or get off the internet if the only result is you getting depressed.
How should we live under authority?
And our final question under Part III, how should we live under authority? One of the significant challenges that we as Christians encounter when interacting with the media is authority. The Bible is very clear that we are to respect and honor the authority figures that he places over us.
1 Peter 2 tells us, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. … Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV)
I love how that last sentence sums things up.
Proverbs 24 says, “My son, fear the LORD and the king,
and do not join with those who do otherwise,
for disaster will arise suddenly from them,
and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?” (Proverbs 24:21-22 ESV)
And when it says fear there, he means show reverence for and submit to that authority. So does this mean that we should never write a story that is critical of someone in authority? No, but we can still respect someone even when pointing out something he did wrong. Our highest authority is not any man, but rather God, and if that person is acting unethically, journalists can do good for the public by pointing out what is wrong and bringing that action into the light, with the hope that the person stops doing what is wrong. The United States is a constitutional republic, meaning that the voting public actually has a significant amount of authority that it then gives to elected officials and public servants. This could be an entirely separate “Christianity and” talk, but the general principle that Christians should respect authority has implications for journalists and readers. We shouldn’t resort to name-calling in political arguments. Too often we see Christians calling their political opponents anti-American or evil when it’s simply a difference in policy. If we truly respected authority, we would pray for them, praise them when they do good, and speak out when they do wrong. And we would seek to assume the best in the other person, acknowledge praiseworthy intentions while clearly and vigorously arguing differences.
The Bible is open-eyed about the blessing of good authority and the curse of bad authority.
“Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.” (Proverbs 28:15-16 ESV)
The media can hold leaders accountable to the standard of right and wrong and help voters exercise their authority, and they should do so in a way that still honors the authority God has given to the leaders.
V. General principles, plus advice
With these three parts in mind, I want to point out 11 applications for Christians and the media.
Read with discernment
Number 1, Christians should read the news with discernment. Again, I will let Proverbs guide us.
“The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15 ESV)
To read the news with discernment means to think critically about it. What does this say about man and man’s condition? Does it tell us anything about God? How would he look at the situation?
We need to be discerning to know that for all the talk of objectivity, no journalist has freed herself from her own biases. She is a product of her childhood, ethnic heritage, political instincts, religious background, etc., and those things will inform her reporting. We should also be discerning to know that journalism is more of a business than people may think, and many news outlets have a corporate owner with its own interests. We should also know that journalists are inherently self-interested and are wary of anything or anyone who may threaten their influence in society. Christians must be discerning.
B. Don’t give in to fear
Number 2, don’t give in to fear. Again we go to the Psalms.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 ESV)
Here is a real danger for Christians when they encounter the media. It is so easy to move from, here are all these problems in the world, to, I fear for my safety, my country, my church. That is a short mental trip to make. In those moments, we need to remember who is in control. We need to think about excellent truths: God is sovereign, he appoints leaders, he has our good in mind, our salvation is intact even if the worst happens to us. These are precious truths for the Christian when the news is bad.
C. Avoid gossip
Number 3, avoid gossip.
“Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.” (Proverbs 20:19 ESV)
So much of the media today is simply gossip. Here I’m thinking specifically about so much of what qualifies as celebrity news. I’m not talking about verifiable stories about one of your favorite actors getting married. You’re interested in this actor, you like her work, you feel a certain impersonal connection to them, and so you’re interested to know that she has had a big life change and found someone she cares about. I am thinking more about anonymously sourced reports that convey juicy details about a public person’s private life, details that may or may not be true and are almost impossible to confirm. These reports are gossip and should be avoided. If you find that a news outlet consistently provides you with gossip, avoid that outlet.
D. Avoid foolish talk
Number 4, avoid foolish talk.
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.” (Proverbs 18:2 ESV)
Wow, I was convicted by that. Let me read it again.
So much foolish talk takes place in the media, especially on Twitter and on cable news. Twitter is by definition a place where brevity is required, and it is good for getting out brief statements and seeing what people are talking about. But it is a terrible forum for having a nuanced conversation about complicated topics, which by the way, the world is complicated. It can’t often be boiled down to 140 characters. Often we see reporters oversimplifying a story or writing a snarky response to a public official. The net effect is that it’s a lot of foolish talk that we would do well to ignore.
And on cable news, much of the conversation is focused on ginning up conflict than on having a genuine, thoughtful debate. The secret of cable news is that it is far more scripted than most people think. Show producers often approve guests’ talking points before they go on the air, and they often pick particular guests because they are looking for someone to advance a particular argument. Sadly, the types of yelling matches that regularly break out on cable news are poor substitutes for thoughtful debate.
E. Be skeptical of initial reports
Number 5, be skeptical of initial reports. I have seen it happen too many times to count: reporters and first responders get stuff wrong during breaking news situations. In 2012, an ABC News reporter said on Good Morning America that the suspect in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting was connected to the tea party. That turned out to be false. Also in 2012, reports circulated on Reddit and Twitter that Ryan Lanza was a suspect in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. In fact, it was his brother, Adam Lanza. This year, the Dallas Police Department circulated the photo of a man they said was a suspect in the shooting of five of their officers. That man was an innocent protester who was legally carrying a firearm. It’s good to know that initial reporters are often wrong.
F. Read the newspaper the next day
Which brings me to Number 6, read the newspaper the next day. Or at least give the reporters and public officials time to sort through the rumors and tips and determine what is true, to the best of their ability.
G. Watch a nightly news show, but don’t have the TV on all day
Number 7, watch a nightly news show, but don’t have the TV on all day. Having it on all day can rob us of the opportunity for silence that God often uses to speak to us.
H. If you have time, read news from outlets across the ideological spectrum.
Number 8, if you have time, read news from outlets across the ideological spectrum. If you only frequent the New York Times and BuzzFeed, try visiting National Review every once in a while. Likewise, if you only read the Weekly Standard and Drudge, try the Huffington Post on occasion. Every news outlet has blind spots, so if you are able, diversify your news intake.
I. Weep with those who weep
Number 9, rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. This is one of the best ways that the media can serve us as Christians. They can help us understand what it is like to live as someone who is a different race or life stage or income level as us. This can help us greatly as we seek greater unity in our churches and as we seek to bear each others’ burdens and sorrows. I don’t know what it’s like to be black in America, but I have learned a few things by reading stories about interactions with police officers, and that has helped me better understand the experience of my fellow church members who are minorities. Reading stories is not a substitute for relationships, but they can certainly help within our relationships.
J. Let the media inform your prayer life
Number 10, let the media inform your prayer life. Reporting can help us better understand how to pray for our world, our country and our community.
K. Ignore the media and read the Bible, or a biography or work of theology
And finally, Number 11, ignore the media and read the Bible. Here I will agree with our friend C.S. Lewis. The Bible is the Word of a holy, all-knowing God. The news is the words of imperfect, finite men and women. The Scriptures perfectly reveal the truth about ourselves and about God. Journalists, at best, convey limited truth about the world. The Bible is superior in every way, and if you can only pick one, you should read your Bible.
It’s time to conclude. The media is good for lots of things. It helps me know where to go on dates with my wife, informs me on how to vote, gives me reasons to pray, gives me conversation points with my neighbors, keeps me updated on my career field, helps me understand more about creation, gives me opportunities to sympathize with others, and humors me. To the extent that journalists seek truth, behave ethically, and report interesting and important stories, praise God for them! They can be a force for good in our society. And if you are a masochist interested in low pay and long, odd hours, newsrooms need more Christians in them, to do good work and to be a witness.
But we must recognize the media’s limits. It asks the questions; God’s Word gives the answers. It is excellent at demonstrating man’s depravity. It’s terrible at providing a solution. And though the goal is finding the truth, journalists will not be able to print the truth every time, no matter how much research and time they put into a story. That’s why, at the end of the day, we must stake our lives on a more firm foundation than what the media presents to us.
To my non-Christian friend, do you know the good news, that all have sinned against a holy God? That is, we all have done things that we know deep down are wrong, and that the penalty for those things is death and hell. But God, because of his great love, laid down his life and died the death we should have died and rose from the dead and now invites all to turn from their sin and trust only in him for salvation. Do you know this news, the best news of all?
To my Christian friend, understand that the media doesn’t determine our reality, and that no matter how crazy the news gets, God is still on his throne. And our great hope is that Jesus is coming soon to quiet the mouths of foolish talkers, to correct the wrongs done by unjust rulers, and to make all things new. Thank you.