Ministry UPDATE from Eric Barger and Take A Stand!

The Stunning Media Bias Against Israel

Concerning the Media's Coverage of the Current Violence in Israel...

I have often commented on the tremendous power that the media wields. They are shapers of public perception on a variety of topics through the manner in which they cover stories. The fact is that before any particular news item is even chosen for coverage in a paper or magazine or especially on television, it is completely vetted by those who are looking for news that fits their agenda. Most of us have faced the fact that the news coverage we ingest is ideologically driven. Perception is king and just one newsman cherry-picking the facts and crafting a story with his particular views and slant can potentially change many minds ideologically. The effects are greater still when a photojournalist rolls film or snaps pictures to accompany a given headline. That background is to point out what I believe is perhaps the most manipulated ongoing story of our time - the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

As we watch the daily reporting of violent events happening in the Holy Land, many Americans have been brought to believe that Israel is in a state of all out war in their streets. In reality, this is simply not so but you wouldn't know it by watching the majority of Western news. Why is this? In a word, it is bigotry. Many in our media print or report any story available to paint Israel as the aggressor and the Palestinians as victims. Tragically, many who claim to be Christians (including the majority of Emergent, Post Modern and Mainline types) have become convinced of this. Among that number are those who believe that God has now rescinded his covenant and is finished with Israel. They have bought into the unscriptural idea that the Church has replaced the Jews, thus this is called Replacement Theology. I could lengthen this article considerably if I gave into the temptation to expose and refute this. Instead though, let me ask: how secure should one feel if God has exhibited a track record of breaking covenants that He once proclaimed as "everlasting"? If his words to Abraham can be reneged on, then perhaps our security in depending on Jesus' sacrifice isn't very safe either. (For related information see "The Oldest Conflict?") In reality, is Replacement Theology just a misguided "anti-semitic" swipe at those who actually are and will forever be God's chosen people?

While there are exceptions, the attacks being carried out on Jews are occurring in Gaza and the West Bank, both of which are in Palestinian territory (i.e. pre-1967 borders). Interestingly, the current wave of violence has been driven by social media. The BBC reported, "Posts praising and encouraging attacks on Israelis have emerged on YouTube and Facebook, while Twitter hashtags including 'Jerusalem Intifada' or 'Intifada of the Knives' are gaining traction among Palestinians." *** FINISH READING ARTICLE HERE


Please remember to pray for Melanie and I and the tour group we are leading as we head to Israel in just a few hours. 

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