And the crowds proclaimed, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the LORD. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.“
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!“
Meet Philadelphia’s incoming Archbishop, Charles Chaput, a stone crying out among a crowd of Christian leaders in the United States that have remained silent about the trustworthiness of relying on news outlets for information on matters of religious faith.
“These are secular operations focused on making a profit. They have very little sympathy for the Catholic faith, and quite a lot of aggressive skepticism toward any religious community that claims to preach and teach God’s truth”, said Archbishop Chaput to the 10,000+ people attending the Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. He went on to iterate that the Catholic Church’s more sensitive stances on abortion, same sex-marriages, and the family life have led to ferocious public smears and legal threats not only against Catholics, but also against Mormons, Evangelicals, and other religious believers.
“And with relatively few exceptions, the mass media tend to cover these disputed issues with a combination of ignorance, laziness, and bias against traditional Christian belief”. The views expressed by Archbishop Chaput coincide with views expressed by many traditional Christian denominations, who are consistently portrayed as “extremists” by much of the media.
These media outlets have given much attention to the civil unrest in Egypt and other middle eastern, but very little of that attention mentions that the turmoil in Muslim countries have created a very dangerous atmosphere for religious minorities in the middle-east and North Africa. As these uprisings occur, angry mobs attack Christian Churches and monasteries, burning them to the ground and killing the people inside.texty
“Forcing religious faith out of a nation’s public square and out of country’s public debates does not serve democracy. It doesn’t serve real tolerance or pluralism. What is does do is impose a kind of unofficial state atheism. To put it another way, if we ban Christian Churches of other religious communities from taking an active role in our nation’s civic life, we’re really just enforcing a new kind of state-sponsored intolerance – a religion without God“, said Archbishop Chaput.
Quite honestly, it is impossible to trust most mainstream media to give a full account of almost anything they cover. In many cases, they will cover a story with an eye-catching headline and insinuate that the theories presented in the story are fact. How many times have you read a story that vilified a product that was later re-evaluated and found, not only safe but, healthy? How many times have you heard a story about news agencies editing their video or audio to make someone sound like something they are not?
As far as the Bible goes, the Old Testament writings contain about 7,000 years of religious practice, cultures, times, teachings, traditions, and places of the past. There are, literally, thousands of verse, that, taken out of context will mislead the reader to incorrectly understand the context of the message. This is why there are seminaries (or Bible colleges) that dedicated their studies to the Bible and producing future teachers of the traditions and values of the Christian faith. For the most part, mainstream media simply can not offer a trustworthy source of information about ANY religious faith because of limited resources or their own editorial prejudices.
Further, we have seen evidence that the bias against the different denominational Christian faiths, in particular, is growing within these media circles. There is no hesitation, by these media giants, to publish an article or run a story about Christian Biblical translation being revised, the dark ages of the Christian Church, and the divisions between Christian denominations today. There is, however, much hesitation on the part of these media giants to dig in to the Qu’ran or Hadith. Nor do these media outlets report that Muslims are introducing their own “dark age” into the world by systematically exterminating anyone who disagrees with the worship of Allah. They intentionally “under-report” the consequences that have occurred due to a joint radicalized religion and government merger, known as Sharia Law.
Here is truth – there are people who hate Christians because they choose “life” over “abortion”, they choose a traditional marriage and family values as opposed to the homosexual lifestyle, they choose to educate their children outside of the public forum which presents a problem for any “unified indoctrination process” (man-made global warming), they give time and money to their communities which undermines the need of tight government control, they believe in God over mankind’s theoretical paradigms, and the Christian struggles against temptations instead of giving in to them; which has NEVER been a popular concept.
Personally, it seems as if Archbishop Charles Chaput is a stone that is crying out in mass of silenced Christian leaders who, until now, have said little about the effects of the mainstream media’s 90 second stories of misleading, and often times inaccurate, reports directed at the Christian religion in general. I thank God for him and his message. I pray that more Christian Church leaders of the Apostolic and Evangelical faiths, especially the Pope, would spread this message on a world-wide scale to expose these charlatan agencies that, first, attack the Christian faith as radical and then act as intellectual Biblical scholars by pulling a few verses of Christian scripture out of context to – intentionally – do another person harm, progress an agenda, or to throw gas on a fire.