Marvin Alaska, John Stonestreet, New York Times discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
Dot org. That's breakpoint dot ORG. Well, welcome back to break point this week, John Stonestreet here along with Warren Smith, I almost said Ed stetzer, he's still there. He's still in my heart warm. But great to have you on you've written a book with Marvin or Laskey called prodigal press? And you've done a lot on how to interact and discern media, you speak on this for our Colson fellows program at summit ministries, and some other places, and I bring that up because this past week conservative publication, the weekly standard shutdowns was founded by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes back in nineteen ninety five and there's a whole story behind that. I don't want to get into it too deeply, but the editor in chief said something really interesting as he was closing down. Many media outlets have responded to challenges of the moment by prioritizing affirmation over information giving into the pool of polarization and the lure of click bait. No, look, this has a lot to do with the conservative movement and President Trump, and I don't want to get into that. Specifically because what we've got now is an epidemic. I talked about this just recently on break point an epidemic of Americans. Don't trust the. Media. I mean, this is not a small number. This is a significant number. And we also have a history of the writings of our founders talking about the importance of a free press to keep people informed. While also keeping the powers that be accountable. This is a real issue. But it's one that we wanted to help people this year kind of tackle. Because how do you read the news and not get brainwashed? I how do you know that what you're reading is true? What's discernment, look like, and I think you have some really strong advice on this. Well, there are some things that we as Christians can do because you are exactly right. John the mainstream media in this era of fake, news and alternative facts. And even if you have an outlet semi reputable outlet did that is not succumbing to ideology in an explicit since they're a lot of reporters in mainstream newsrooms, just they don't come from a Christian background. They don't understand Christian thought. So they just ignore a lot of Christian activities. So for example, when you look at a story, like human sexuality or abortion or something like that where there's an obvious clear religious, and moral and spiritual dimension to it. It's kinda easy to see the bias. But even in covering a disaster, a national emergency, which is kind of stock in trade of journalism. They will often ignore the fact that Christians or the first ones in to provide relief in help and comfort in natural disasters. Just because they're not plugged into churches, and they're not plugged into Christian ministry. So media bias is showing up everywhere. You can find it or see it in almost every new story if you're looking forward, and that's why I think, you know, talking about median how Christians can respond to this current condition is so important, and that's why I'm really excited that you you mentioned prodigal press and the book that I had the privilege of helping. Marvin Alaska right Marvin is going to be with us on Monday to do a webinar and online webinar. It's absolutely free called a what to do when you can't trust the news media, and Marvin on no is because I've known him for a long time. It's going to say that one of the things that we can do is read widely. I was really encouraged by you a few moments ago, John telling people to read that story about intelligent design in the New York Times. I mean, it's like it's nothing wrong with reading the New York Times. But just read it the right way read it carefully read it selectively. And that's the other thing that more of an is going to say is that we should read deeply we should read carefully. Whenever we read sources like the New York Times. And Thirdly, we should read Biblically that we should be armed with a Christian worldview that we can't just go to mainstream media we have to go to mainstream media after we have gone to the bible, and we have sort of clearly. Planted in our minds and hearts, the objective truth of scripture, so that we can evaluate the so called truth of the mainstream media against that standard of objective truth. Yeah. And that means it has to be intentional. And it's gotta be this ongoing process of continuing to hone in shape the lens through which we we see the world. And that's why we spend so much time on this idea of worldview e mentioned that when it comes to stories about marriage, your sexuality or something like that the buys is easy to see. Well, sometimes it's easy to see. Sometimes it's this really subtle, you know, the really subtle language like the sciences settled or scientists say that you know, gender is a social construct or it's not binary, and you have these kind of statements that are now stated as if they are fat, even though they are highly disputed within the community this past week. We spent some time talking about the new APA guidelines that came out which the media reported on that masculinity is. Toxic traditional masculinity is toxic. We'll smuggled into the report is a whole lot of stuff. I mean, as we said on break point, this is essentially worldview assumption after worldview assumption, first of all that traditional masculinity is antifa. Minniti a second that traditional masculinity is violent. I mean, those are significant assumptions about what it means to be male. And certainly we have examples of anti woman violence in human history and in recent history, but does that make it inherent to masculinity? The assumption that masculinity is nothing, but a social construct that there's nothing in it that's tied to our biological realities, and we know the APA by dismissing both homosexuality and gender dysphoric as a pathology removing them from the list of pathologies is already disconnected any sort of biological connection between sex and gender. So there's just so much that smuggled in, and and you know, we're going to continue to talk. About that every week on break point this week. You know, what happened this week? What are the stories as what we do on break point? That's what we do on the point. That's what we do on the website because Christians can't run away from the culture. We can't hide from the culture. But we can't just go in on accepting an embrace, whatever the culture says, well, listen, come to breakpoint dot org and they're on the homepage. You'll see a button as resources mentioned on the radio and podcast. And we'll link to the different articles that we've mentioned on today's program articles about Tom Phillips about the Philippine snout weevil and also you can sign up for this free. Webinar that's coming up on Monday. Just in a couple of days on Monday, this free webinar with Marvin. Oh, Laskey one of the great Christian journalist of our time talking about what to do when you can't trust the media warns. Great to have you today on break point this week. Thanks for joining us. What John great to be with you.