The Great Erosion of Public Trust: Media

by | Nov 28, 2023

“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).

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It’s undeniable, it’s shocking, and it’s happening. Public trust—the bedrock of society— in media, government education, and even religion is at an all-time low. We’ve been betrayed, deceived, and let down. But amid this chaos, there’s an anchor, a surety that never fails—God.

In this devotion series, we will explore these four areas where public trust has faded and explain why God is the answer every time.

The Decline of Trust: A Harsh Reality

Winston Churchill once said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Today’s media landscape exemplifies this, leading us all into a chaotic world of mistrust.

The lack of faith in media can be attributed to many factors. In the digital age, misinformation and ‘fake news’ are often designed to provoke emotional responses. This leads to confusion and distrust. The blatant media bias, often slanting news to favor a particular political ideology or party, creates doubt in the minds of the public. Mainstream media prioritizes entertainment and shock value over factual accuracy, undermining trust.

Now, more than ever, there is a pressing need for media outlets to take responsibility and provide balance in their reporting to rebuild the public’s trust.

The Emergence of Non-Traditional Media: A Renewal of Trust?

In the midst of this trust deficit, we’re witnessing the rise of non-traditional media outlets. Social media influencers, podcasts, and websites such as Million Voices, provide a space where people can receive news and commentary without the barriers of censorship. These platforms promise a refreshing alternative in the darkness of bias and misinformation. They seek to uphold truth, challenge the status quo, give voice to the voiceless, and defend the values we hold dear.

God as the Guide in the Media Maze

God is the answer. Believers are called to turn to God as the ultimate source of truth, navigating the maze of today’s media with divine guidance. Psalm 119:105 declares, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” As the world grapples with ‘fake news’ and biased reporting, we must remember that God’s word is the truth, providing clarity amid confusion. If we are grounded in His teachings, we can discern the real from the fake, the impartial from the biased, and the righteous from the unrighteous. It is our responsibility to feed our minds and spirits with truth; there is no more trustworthy source than God Himself.

Your Call to Action

What is the media really bringing to the table? Let’s cling to God’s wisdom as we sift through the noise and seek the truth. We cannot afford to be mere spectators in this arena of misinformation and deceit. We must:

• Pray that God will help us discern intentions.
• Rise to the challenge, armored by the Word of God, guided by divine wisdom.
• Question what we read and watch—challenge, dissect, discern.
• Hold media outlets accountable for what they report.
• Demand transparency, accuracy, and fairness. Encourage others to do the same.
• Turn off repeat offenders.
• Tune into and support media outlets that have unbiased reporting and support free speech.

Let’s start this ripple of change and watch it grow into a wave of truth. Your call to action begins now.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

“Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight” (Proverbs 12:2).

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, we praise Your holy name today. Help us navigate the choppy waters of the U.S. media. Please give us the wisdom and discernment to make good choices. We look to you for truth and divine guidance. Lead us, and we will follow, Lord. In Your name, we pray, Amen.

A Comforting Closure

Stand firm, be vigilant, and help shape the media landscape with truth, accountability, and unshakeable faith in God. He is our ultimate source of truth and is with us in every step of this journey.

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