John Stonestreet is President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and radio host of BreakPoint, a daily national radio program providing thought-provoking commentaries on current events and life issues from a biblical worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Well, that escalated quickly, didn’t it?
2020 just started and, within days, a U. S. drone strike at the Baghdad airport killed Iran’s top military leader, Qasem Soleimani. Almost before Iran could sputter threats of revenge, notable American politicians tried to turn a momentous national security decision into domestic political opportunism.
Depending on which news site you read, the President’s action was either a reckless attempt to light the Middle East on fire and to distract Americans from impeachment, or it was a justifiable act of deterrence in response to Iran’s increasing assaults on U. S. troops and interests.
And while thousands of Iranians turned out to see Soleimani’s casket as it tours the country, Western news media (like the Washington Post) reported that the drone strike has united the previously divided Iranian population behind its dictatorial religious leaders. Or maybe not. Yahoo News painted a different picture—of Iranians fearing what comes next and wishing their leaders hadn’t steered the country into even more conflict.
And that’s just the first news story of the year. Of 2020, an election year. How can engaged, thoughtful Christians hope to sift through the spin and stay informed amidst this kind of news chaos?
The Washington Post alone publishes an average of 500 news stories every single day. Thrown in the content-churning of The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, FoxNews, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and a million content aggregators, and the noise is simply overwhelming.
There is no way to keep up with this relentless tsunami of information. Even worse, countless stories we should know about are often buried, while stories more sensational and speculative than substantive dominate the headlines.
Everyday on BreakPoint, we try to analyze and comment on the most important news events and cultural trends from a Christian worldview. It’s part of the Colson Center’s mission to equip believers to understand what’s happening around us, so that we can live out our faith in the public square with clarity, courage, and conviction.
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