Informational Food – Journalism
I will get back to Spiritual and Cultural Food, but I talk about them regularly and feel that this is of critical importance considering all that is going on in the world right now. It is so easy for us to be slack in setting the Source (Jesus) aside when we consider Journalism and Politics, but as believers, we absolutely must process through Him.
Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. ~Luke 1:1-4
Luke was not only a physician, he was a journalist. He interviewed eyewitnesses and carefully wrote an orderly account of all relevant details. This is journalism at its finest and even better with the help of the Holy Spirit. He did not have an agenda, he just wanted to know the truth and to share it with others.
It is a shame that mainstream media sources who are owned by corporations try to suppress and ban citizen journalists from giving their own orderly accounts. It tells me that mainstream media is controlled, they have an agenda and they have much to hide from us. It is even worse that they feel it is their duty to tell us how to think about the information that they share. That is not an orderly account.
Truth has no agenda. For believers in Christ, all information needs to be processed through the Source/the Word/Jesus and we must always pray for wisdom and discernment. Disinformation does exist, but we have the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
Here are some useful questions we should ask ourselves when we hear the news: Is it true? Maybe I should do some extra research. Is it helpful? Are we in danger? How are my family, community, and/or country affected? Is an opinion included along with the information? Is there an agenda that is being propagated? Is it slanderous- meant for unfairly discrediting a person? Does the Bible have anything to say about it?
It is okay for a journalist to share an opinion, but it should be stated as such. Name calling and defamation of character are slanderous and are a sign of irresponsible reporting. God hates slander and so should we, especially against those with whom we disagree. We should also use our wisdom and discernment to separate ourselves from the opinions of others before making our own opinions. "The facts, ma'am, just the facts." ~Joe Friday, Dragnet
Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool. ~Proverbs 10:18
The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. ~Proverbs 11:9
Just for example, I would like to show the difference between useful information, opinion and slander:
Useful, logical and factual information:
1. A crime was committed yesterday at such and such a place. Several suspects are in custody. Details will be given as the scene unfolds.
2. .....ism is an ideology founded on a set of beliefs such as....
3. Historically, this kind of action has been disastrous, therefore it would be reasonable to consider a different way next time.
1. It would be a good idea to create a law that would........
2. So and so would make a great/terrible leader, because.......(factual details are important here)
1. So and so is a racist and is unfit for his/her position.
2. People who support this person are deplorable.
"When we truly believe that some people are monsters, that they fundamentally are less human than we are, and that they deserve to have less than we do, we ourselves become the monsters." ~Andrew W. K. My Dad Is A Right-Wing A-hole
Political Food is next, so put your big girl britches on.