By D.J. Marotta | The Gospel Coalition
Published in February of 2021

SUMMARY: Most of the news on television involves unactionable events – a murder, a natural disaster, etc. – where there is little we can do about it, especially from another continent. Anglican priest D.J. Marotta argues that Christians need to be “hyper-local” with our news sources. What this means is being in community with our neighbors, friends, and family where you can respond to information (news) with kindness and love within your sphere of influence.

KEY QUOTE: “The primary news that should matter to a Christian is local news. By local news I don’t primarily mean news about city or state government. I mean something more intensely local, what some thinkers call ‘hyper-local’…You will not find such hyper-local news in daily papers or TV reports. Rather, you will likely discover it the same way people have for generations: through ordinary conversation.”



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BOOK: Reading the Times

From newspaper fact checkers to evaluation methods such as S.I.F.T. to diversifying one’s news feeds there is a tremendous amount of energy and time being devoted to debunking lies and conspiracy theories. Despite the trend to provide better quality and quantity of information to the public, according to a 2022 PPRI poll, 60% of white evangelical Protestants believe the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump while Qanon conspiracies ravage large swaths of churches in America. While fact checking methods and diversifying one’s news feed can be helpful, it seems it is doing little to move people from yelling at each other to respectful conversation. How did the church get here? Is there a theological way of consuming the news? How can we think and act Christianly to the news?

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