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CLARITY – 8-7-19 Copycat Media’s Fault?


A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-7-19

Copycat Media’s Fault?

What’s Happening: “The Florida Walmart employee’s son who was accused of threatening a copycat shooting (Wayne Padgett, 31) (,  might be overwhelmed emotionally by the media’s saturation of the tragic events of the last ten days (8 of the first 10 stories in YahooNews are about the shootings). And that just scratches the surface. There has been wall-to-wall coverage on TV and radio since the latest shootings last Saturday…with political accusations flying. Meanwhile, the North Koreans are continuing to test missiles, oil tankers continue to be captured by Iran, Venezuela is still a mess, etc. ”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The media’s right! The world is going to hell in a handbasket!”

Biblical Response:  “Not really…at least not all of it. The media is driven by readership/viewership/political agenda. Those who read and watch need to take into consideration that bad news always gets higher ratings than good news…and ad costs (read media profitability) is all about ratings. It forces the reader/viewer to think…and take what they read/watch in context. Of course, some will tune out and some, tragically, will copycat. We, however, must be informed (it’s hard to identify or pray without the facts). But we don’t need to ‘drink the kool-aid.’ Listen to the Lord when you read/watch. His Spirit is the only true dispenser of truth (John 16:12-13).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. How do you think He effects Phil. 2:13?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us read/watch with a biblical worldview, and keep our ear inclined to the Holy Spirit;in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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