The Future Of Journalism Is Ultimately Christian Journalism

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   1/20/2014

Did you ever wonder why the secular media is increasingly inadequate and unsatisfactory, yet we want more of it?

Did you ever consider why people’s trust in the media has drastically declined this decade and at the same time people want more of it and at a faster rate?

For example, last year a Gallup Poll showed that “60 percent of the American public has little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.”

Why would anyone want more of something that is not refreshing, that is not adequate, that does not satisfy, and that they cannot trust?

At the same time, people still want news faster; for instance, Twitter has become a major force in journalism in the last few years, because it brings news to people vs. them having to go looking for it.

The problem with secular media is that it cannot tell you what the truth is.  It cannot even talk about the truth, because the truth involves both the material and the spiritual.  The secular media can only talk about the material world; therefore, it cannot adequately explain reality.  A secular journalist can only point out the material facts of what happen.  They cannot put a story into the context about how the evil in our hearts lead to what happen, nor can they talk about the context of how love overcomes.  Without a Christian worldview, talking about things that happen to people can only be explained as a process of luck.  The secular journalist cannot make sense of how anything really matters.  By ignoring God, they are ignoring accountable and moral standards to live by.  And without a moral standard, justice cannot be talked about in any meaningful way.  And without the assurance of that justice, we cannot be satisfied. 

Without Christ, it does not matter how you tell a story, because it will always be insufficient and disappointing.  Yet the secular media is convinced that they can find a way to be useful, to be relevant – apart from Christ.  Decade after decade they ignore the evidence, yet 60 percent of the public has no trust in the media to report anything useful.  I wish there was a way to convince them, turn them around to become relevant again like they were long ago when most held a Christian worldview.  

If that is not terrible enough, the same people that admit the secular media is inadequate continue to ask for more. The hunger that people have for more secular media points out that people don't really want the truth, that they would rather the media not talk about the reality of God.  They would rather be miserable then talk about the obvious sin in the heart of every man.  Unwilling to accept the explanation of evil/good that God gave us, because it points out our own sin, we willingly exchange the truth for lies about the world – even though they never satisfy.  Instead of demanding the truth, we ask for more false stories, and at a faster rate – hoping that maybe if we move from one story to the next before thinking about the questions behind the story, that we will find a little satisfaction.  But the questions remain. 

Marvin Olasky, editor for World magazine, pointed out in his new book, "Prodigal Press," "... in such an environment, the increasing difficulty of being heard above the media roar has created a "race to the bottom": increasingly sensational, tabloid-style news that leaves little time for fact-checking or context, especially spiritual context."

Only a Christian worldview can point out the obvious, as Romans 1:20 tells us, "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived even since the creation of the world."

Only the Lord can satisfy.  Only he can bring us joy.  Only he has an adequate explanation of this world, and this is why the future of journalism is ultimately Christian journalism.  Don't waste another minute reading or writing for a secular media.  There is no reward.  The only story worth telling is a story that includes what God is doing. 

We should be opening the news in the morning in eager anticipation of what God is doing today.  Reading and writing about what the Lord is doing will continue forever.  Christian journalism in this life is just practice for the next.  Forever the Lord will be talked about. (Psalm 113:2) He is the most famous person in the universe and what He has done is astounding. 

The journalists that make history are the journalists that write about the Lord.  The most famous writers in the world are the authors of the Bible.

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