Friday, January 10, 2014
The invisibility of our faith isn't just a media problem
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A question for my fellow Christians. How much faith do you expect to see reflected in the main stream media, TV News, large newspapers etc.?
Check out this interesting take by Mollie Hemingway on The Federalist … essentially a case where Christianity was left out where it clearly was important to the central figure in the story.
In a time where news stories are already compressed massaged and packaged beyond any hope of covering the whole issue, remember that a LOT of things are left out. And I don't mind generalizing that most mainstream media reporters are not Christians, so that is something that is going to be deemed less important in the edit room that we would like to admit. For some it is like vegans reporting on the best steakhouse in the country. You are going to hear more about the salad.
That is just one of the things you have to process while you watch or read the news. And it isn't worth fretting over. As with anything, vote with your viewing and buying habits.
The bigger problem is this…
Faith is even more underreported by us.
If anti-Christian Sentiment is really on the rise, or at least we perceive it that way, has that threat caused us to lose our nerve in self-identifying as Christians? A 2012 report indicated that a lot of people hide their faith online.
And a lot of us hide it offline too. And doing that just shows a lot of what we say that we believe about God isn't really true in our lives at all.
OK, something to think about going into Sunday worship.
At the end of Paul's imagery of The Armor of God in Ephesians 6, there is this passage that is key..
19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Need more motivation? Grab copy of Love Does by Bob Goff, take notes and start doing faith instead of thinking you believe it. Doing changes everything.
Have a great weekend!