Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Christmas and the MSM

For Vox Blogoli VI, Hugh Hewitt asks: What does Newsweek's story on Christmas tell us about MSM?

I slogged through that 7-part Newsweek hitpiece and my answer is this:

The MSM fear Jesus Christ and Christians to such an extent as to be anti-Christian.

There's no sugar-coating it.

Al-Jazeera would be proud.

I'll leave it to the theologians (no, I'm not one) to take Newsweek to task -- point by point.

Instead, I'll share the words of our 40th President, the great Ronald Reagan:

Meaning no disrespect to the religious convictions of others, I still can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion.

Where is the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time -- possibly to your own home town. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father's shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father's shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most.

He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried, and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing -- the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb.

End of story?

No, this uneducated, propertyless young man who left no written word has, for 2000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals; all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived -- all of them put together.

How do we explain that? ... unless he really was what he said he was.

Ronald Reagan
Daily radio commentary (syndicated)
December 1978
from The Quotable Ronald Reagan
by Peter Hannaford

I am currently reading God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life, by Paul Kengor.

I like it a lot.

1 comment:

TeacherJoeInLA said...

I'm fighting back the "misty's" after reading your Reagan quote. I'd heard/read it before but forgotten it. After you've finished "God and Reagan: A Spiritual Life" consider Michael Regans new book "Twice Adopted." I heard Michael speak at a Media Fellowship Prayer Breakfast in Sept. and his presentation was one of the stories in the book ... which did move me to tears. I think you'll find it interesting to read about another member of the cast from the book you are currently reading.

Joe Sterbinsky

(And I invite you to read and comment on my symposium submission at and pray the "Prayer for Our Nation" posted below it.)