SUMMARY: The consumption of news from a Christian perspective should be unique and discerning. Pastor Daniel Darling lays out six questions to ask which involve variety, humility, and patience when we engage with and/or share news.
KEY QUOTE: “It’s important for followers of Jesus to be discerning with our news media diet so we can accurately assess the world and more fully love our neighbors.”
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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 holding a 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?Read more
Practical. Easy to learn. Easy to implement. The S.I.F.T. method, developed by Washington State professor Mike Caulfield, is a must learn methodology when engaging with and sharing media online.Read more