Colson Center, Marvin Alaska, World Magazine discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
The government critic once called TV vast wasteland. So how do we navigate it with our worldview intact? Stay tuned to breakpoint from the Colson center for Christian worldview. Here's Eric Metaxas with breakpoint. The linguist and liberal social critic gnome Chomsky once said, any dictator would admire the uniform ity obedience of the US media Chomsky was onto something. I think it's fair to say that most of the media are 'obediently working twenty four seven to undermine our faith. If you listen to breakpoint regularly, I know you care about developing a Christian worldview, and that's terrific. Bible reading church attendance, prayer, reading, good books. Taking advantage of the kinds of resources at the Colson center provides are indispensable in your developing mature Christian worldview. But you are also no doubt aware of the many other powerful voices in the media that seek to prevent you from developing a Christian worldview. Some of these voices are obvious news outlets with an obvious anti-christian bias or easy to identify, but what about the hidden bias sees that creep into news coverage? For example, the next time there's a natural disaster watch how the media report, how the government is responding, but not so much about how the church is responding. Even though Christians are often first on the scene, the book prodigal press by world magazines, Marvin Alaska and my Colson center colleague, Warren Smith calls this habit of ignoring the church spiking the spiritual, the expression comes from the practice of editors killing or spiking story. They decide not to print or air today. Spiking the spiritual has the effect of downplaying the vital social contributions that Christians make. For example, as Christianity today has reported the average North American congregation provides its community with about one hundred eighty four thousand dollars worth of social services every year and churches sponsor more than one point, six million social service programs in America annually with seven point, six million volunteers. You will never hear such facts in the mainstream press which leads to skewed media coverage and unfair and inaccurate perceptions of Christians. Perhaps that's why seventy percent of religiously unaffiliated Americans think churches and other religious. Nations are too concerned with money and Power and sixty. Seven percent believe they are too involved with politics. Only forty, five percent. Meanwhile, say we do anything to help solve social problems, unbelievable, but it's not just the journalistic media who shape our world view seventeenth century Scottish writer. Andrew Fletcher is credited with saying, let me make the songs of nation. I care not who makes its laws. Storytelling in songs paintings films and books is perhaps the most important way we learn about our world. Indeed, Jesus certainly understood this Mark four thirty four says Jesus did not speak to them except in parables. So what a leading Christian journalists and artists have to tell us about the state of the media today. Well, now's your chance to find out by signing up for our Colson center short-course called making sense of media clarity and discernment. This four week, webinar series starts on Tuesday, April seventeenth and continues the next three Tuesdays you can sign up by going to breakpoint dot org. The first week will here. My friend, Marvin Alaska. The editor in chief of world magazine on the prodigal, press the anti-christian bias of the American media. Then come social historian, Dr. Ken boa, and how to read and interpret films. Dr. Kathy cook, author of the important book teens and screens will address the topic of social media good or bad. And we conclude with children's book, author S de Sam Smith on a topic. I love telling reading and sharing great stories. So if he ever watch TV program, see a movie get online or listen to a song. This short course is for you come to breakpoint dot org to sign up today for breakpoint this Erica taxes.