The Christian and Television Part III


We need to remember that the devil is the one usually writing the script (Gal. 5:16, 19-21). Professors S. Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman interviewed 240 broadcasters and journalists from national media outlets, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, Newsweek, CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS. They reported that very few broadcasters and journalists are regular churchgoers. Only 8 percent go to church or synagogue weekly, and 85 percent seldom or never attend. 90 percent agree that a woman has the right to decide for herself whether or not to have abortion; 79 percent agree strongly. Although most Americans believe that homosexuality is wrong, Lichter and Rothman found that 75 percent of the media elite believe it is okay. A mere 9 percent felt strongly that homosexuality is wrong. The majority (54 percent) do not regard adultery as wrong, with only 15 percent strongly agreeing that extramarital affairs are immoral. Their conclusion? “Members of the media elite emerge as strong supporters of sexual freedom or permissiveness.” Should it surprise us, then, that the plot of many prime time shows

promotes one or more of the offensive behaviors listed by Paul as keeping one out of the kingdom of heaven, when those who create the programs are not offended by them? Is it really any wonder that the perspective of news reporters tends to be favorable to homosexual radicals and abortionists? When you turn on your TV, proceed with caution! (Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 2:1).


Mike Riley