Katie Yoder works as a staff writer and reporter for the Media Research Center's Culture department. As the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow, Katie's coverage has been instrumental on a variety of issues in relation to the media including marriage, feminism, entertainment and religion, with a special focus on abortion. Katie has covered life issues from the March for Life and the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to the videos exposing Planned Parenthood's harvesting of baby parts. Her work has received attention from numerous media outlets including Fox News, The Washington Times, EWTN and One America News Network. Katie has spoken on these issues in both radio and TV appearances. Before her current position, Katie interned at The Heritage Foundation after graduating from the University of Virginia with a major in English and a minor in Foreign Affairs.
It has been proven the media refuses to report on issues their liberal worldview does not support. Time and time again, the mainstream media has been found guilty of deceiving viewers and misrepresenting the views of a majority of Americans when it comes to morality, social issues, and politics to mention a few.
Why does this matter? Influence. Because even when the media lies or omits the truth, people’s opinions and attitudes change based on what they hear in the so-called “news.”
Our focus in the first 30 minutes of today’s program is on liberal media bias, and one of the best places to see evidence of blatant, one-sided reporting is the Media Research Center.
Katie Yoder is a first-time guest on our program.
There is plenty of confusion today about truth and moral absolutes in our culture and across the country. This is evident by many recent surveys of Americans on religion and morality. The problem is we have also been seeing evidence of confusion among believers about exactly what the Bible teaches.
Many within the church do not believe God’s Word in its entirety and do not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. Truth is on the line here as we all try to navigate a rapidly changing culture.
What we believe about truth affects everything we do in this life. How we view God, people, and how we understand the world – past, present, and future – depends on what we believe about absolute truth. If there are no absolutes, then anything goes! As Christians, what we believe about absolute truth depends on what we believe about Jesus Christ and the Bible. The Old Testament refers to God as the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16). The Word of God is perfect. From indisputable historical facts to archaeological evidence, the Bible has yet to be proven inaccurate or wrong.
Enemies of truth can make up stuff about the Bible, write their books attempting to debunk Scripture, and create their own documentaries with lies and fabrications, but it won’t change the fact that God’s Word is eternal. Does truth depend on where we were raised, what church we attended, what a teacher taught us, what Hollywood promotes, or what the media says is true? Does truth change with the times, technology or circumstances?
…Truth has been under attack from the very beginning of time, and in America, opposition to Jesus Christ has intensified. People are avoiding, denying, and suppressing the truth more than ever. They can ignore it, they can mock it, and they can pretend it does not exist, but that changes nothing. So, what does the Bible say?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. …And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1-3, 14).
Jesus existed in the beginning. In the New Testament, Scripture is called the Word of Christ (Colossians 3:16). The person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Word of the living God then are in full agreement. This is the basis from which we must discern, perceive, and reason. There is no ambiguity whatsoever!
According to the Bible, truth is the self-expression of God. Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, and being of God. There is complete unity between the written Word of God and the perfect expression of God in Jesus Christ.
Jesus prayed to the Father in the presence of His disciples and said:
Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth (John 17:17).
Try defining truth apart from God or without universal absolutes and see where that gets you. There are professing Christians who say they believe in “most” of the Bible. Really? We don’t have the option to pick and choose only those Scriptures that suit us or the verses we agree with. The entire Bible is true or our faith is a lie.
The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting (Psalm 119:160).
A person’s worldview is a significant step toward self-awareness, self-knowledge and self-understanding. Your worldview as a Christian needs to be based on a foundation of God’s Word. Our sovereign God is not surprised, but it must grieve His heart to see the condition of our country, the world, and the church today. Holiness and righteousness are practically meaningless to some religious folks. The Word of God is being watered down, truth is being diluted, and this has led to moral and cultural confusion.
“Barna defines a biblical worldview as believing that: moral absolutes exist; the source of truth is the Bible; the Bible is “accurate in all of the principles it teaches,” salvation is by grace alone; Jesus lived a sinless life; believers have a duty to witness; Satan is real and not just a symbol; God is the “all-knowing, all-powerful maker of the universe who still rules that creation today.”
This worldview is the foundation for every decision you make in life. I don’t care who you are, how old you are, where you live, or what kind of family you grew up in; if you have not considered exactly how your personal beliefs, philosophy, and worldview were formed, it is time to take a serious look at what you believe and why.
We must be undaunted in establishing God’s Word as the basis of our thinking, our faith, and our lives.
Before the mountains were born, Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Psalm 90:2
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power… Hebrews 1:1-3
Great quote from Francis Schaeffer: “Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.”
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