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Mass Media and Christians - Arguing With The Dead

While not denying the (arguable) duty of Christian apologetics, I often wonder why those who bother to respond to the criticisms of the unbelievers in the media almost always dissect the "reason" for the media critic's saying the things he says. Such is the case with the Christian response to NY Times editorialist Bill Keller's recent piece regarding the religious beliefs of several Republican candidates for President.


At the risk of appearing simplistic, why do the Christian respondents not simply quote 1 Corinthians 2:14: "But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised." New American Standard Bible (©1995). Another way of looking at it from the Biblical perspective: You are arguing with a dead person. How effective, or smart, is that?

Need we say more than the quote from 1 Corinthians about the reasons why unbelievers say what they say and write what they write about Christians? To do so is nothing less than semi-Pelagianism; we think we can appeal to that "not quite dead" spark of Godliness in an unbeliever. But unbelievers are DEAD in their sins and have NO spiritual desire for the things of God, save for the grace of God regenerating them first. Again, we appeal to the Christian's good sense in asking why anyone thinks they should argue with a dead person.

Granted, it is entirely possible that God intends to use to His eternal glory a Christian's response to a scathing attack by a media unbeliever, but more often than not, I suspect, that is not the case, at least given the way that most Christian's respond with their own criticisms of the unbeliever.

Need Christian's respond to the scathing attacks of the unbelieving media with anything other than a presentation of the Gospel, supported by scripture references? I simply appeal to Isaiah 55:11: "so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." English Standard Version (Copyright 2001)


Christians, stop with the psychoanalysis of the drive-by media. Stop arguing with the dead. Try a little evangelism instead. The soul you save might be the soul of a journalist, and God only knows how much good that would do America.

'Nuff said.