Posts Tagged ‘media bias’

Well I dropped the ball today. I saw something in an area that is one of my pet peeves related to truth in media. Of course, it touched off a firestorm. So what did I do? I killed it. You might want to ask why, you might even think it was cowardly. Maybe it was, but here’s the thing. I can’t speak for you, but I live in two separate worlds. There’s he arts world and the closely related world of my past life, which I count as one. To be clear, I love those folks and am glad they are in my life. I also have my new life, my ministry and all that is attached to that. I love those people too and am glad they are in my life. I can honestly say that the only person I totally agree with all the time is my God, and that only because I know He’s God and when I disagree, I have to own the fact that He’s God so the problem is obviously me.

That being said, I’m pretty opinionated and sometimes I feel the need to speak up. Please know, I step back from most things and don’t even bother. Then sometimes I write a really eloquent post (to my mind at least) and then delete it without hitting send. When I actually do hit send, I’m usually pretty sure something needs to be said. Now if I was alone in this universe, there’s a better than even chance that I would go toe to toe and (verbally) fight it out. If I cared enough to hit send, I’m pretty secure in my rectitude. So why did I kill my post? Because when I see the people I love, on either side of my two world life, being mistreated by the other side, that’s a fight I am not willing to abide. Further, I feel I am in my ministry because God put me there, so my church folks are definitely off limits. There was a problem today, and the truth is, I started it, the moment I hit send. I want to fight back against my own statement and say, “I’m entitled to my opinion,” and it’s then that I need to step back and ask the question “Who am I and why am I here?”

My struggle today was with a media story. To my point of view, it was out of hand. To be clear, I still think it was. Now am I saying all people in the media are evil or dishonest? Beyond the Romans 3:23 definition that lumps them in with me and everyone else, no. As a matter of fact, a good friend of mine has a daughter in the media, and I’m sure she is a very fine and upstanding person. My issue is more with the fact that the vast majority of network news outlets will not admit their bias, and as a result they spin the story to advance their agenda, rather than just telling me what happened (that used to be their job). As you can see I am starting to slide back into it, so let me pull back and say it this way. I need to remember that I am not in this world to fix the media or politics, and thank God for that. Instead I need to stay in my lane. We live in a world that is asking Pontius Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” When He asked the question, the Truth, in the person of Jesus Christ, was looking him in the eye. That’s my lane. I’m not here to fix the media, or politics, or politicians, I’m here to represent the Truth that sets men free. He can fix what I can’t. Trying to fix it myself is arrogant at best and I am sorry.

I’m far from perfect. No doubt I will veer out of my lane many times, but if I’m not reflecting Christ. I’m not doing this right.