Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Lord, Help Thou Newsweek's Unbelief
This commentary is written as part of Hugh Hewitt's Vox Blogoli VI - What does Newsweek's story on Christmas tell you about the MSM?
Let me first state, for the record, I am not a New Testament Theologian - nor do I intend to play one in this Blogosphere. Never the less, I was a bit taken aback by Jon Meacham's lengthy effort to put a secular spin on what he himself admits is a belief held by a majority of Americans.
You see, I count myself among the number who believes that Jesus Christ was born to Mary in a Bethlehem stable over 2000 years ago. I take Luke at his word when he describes the Angel Gabriel announcing the birth to the shepards watching their flocks by night. It is somehow fitting that the most spectacular musical event in human history was witnessed by so few.
Are there imperfections in the Scriptural Record? Of course. The gospels were written by different men with differing viewpoints on what was important to record for posterity. Their recollections are imperfect, but never the less they speak truth to the hearts of men - and something inside the reader senses and feels the truthfulness of their words.
And that, dear reader, is where the MSM and the Believing Christian part company. Jon Meacham would want you to believe Christianity in general is too flawed to be believed. His sources are no doubt well researched and vetted - at least enough for him to be satisfied with
his work. Mr. Meacham is obviously very well read and learned, however he lacks wisdom.
It is as if Mr. Meacham and the rest of the MSM were like those who listened to Jesus as he recited parables and teachings in the 13th Chapter of Matthew:
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.Very little can be done with those who make not the slightest effort to have faith or believe in something or someone they cannot fully understand. As is evident by the last verse quoted above, even Christ himself could do no mighty works because of the unbelief of the people with whom He was interacting.
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Am I making a wholesale, full scale, scathing indictment of the MSM as a whole? Perhaps. I know there must be men and women of faith behind the wrought iron gates of the MSM establishment. That said, their voices are faint, and their beliefs well hidden. Until the MSM undergoes a rebirth of mainstream values and beliefs, no great work can be done there.
Here endeth the lesson.