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Sometimes we’re shown ideas at just the right moment. This is one of those instances.
As we continue to evolve the type of content we post here on NOQ Report, one of the pieces of advice that I’ve heard from people is to not make it “too religious.” They acknowledge that religion has its place in the news cycle and religious perspectives should be addressed as necessary, but if we put too much religious discussion on the site, people will start to view it as a religious site that sometimes talks about the news rather than a news site that also discusses religion.
But here’s the thing. There’s a false separation often made in modern society between news and religious news. Just as nearly everything can be seen through the lenses of politics or culture, so too can it all be seen through the lens of faith. Attempts to separate religious implications from any particular news story is an artificial separation. We cannot discuss the news honestly without seeing it through every lens simultaneously. Otherwise, it’s no longer just the news. It’s news that’s gone through the sifter.
That’s why finding this quote, which I was not directly seeking, from Pastor Voddie Baucham was so perfect. He says in one sentence what I’m having difficulty properly communicating in this whole article. No, he wasn’t talking about the “news” per se, but he’s talking about a variation of the same challenge I’m working through currently.
In his quote, he’s discussing the various filters through which religious discussions are put through in order to make them acceptable to be had in the first place.
“Many in our culture have been conditioned to sift all religious discussions through the colander of religious relativism, tolerance, and philosophical pluralism.”
It’s as if we’re trying so hard not to offend anyone when we discuss religion that we’re not really discussing the faith at all. Instead, we’re discussing a watered-down version of the faith in hopes that we won’t offend someone.
The same is true for what we’re trying to avoid on NOQ Report. Just because a story doesn’t involve the Pope or the Gospel or Islam or whatever other religious hot-topic is in the news cycle doesn’t mean it should not be discussed in respect to its religious implications.
Our society is one that views tolerance as avoiding intolerance. That’s not how things should be. Instead, we should view tolerance of ideas as part of honest discussions without filters. Only then do we have an opportunity to really reach hearts and minds.
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