Alternative of our sphere of affect

Alternative of our sphere of affect

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I was intrigued to read that a recent parliamentary report suggested that religion should be part of the required training for journalists.

According to the All Party Group (APPG) on Religion in the Media, journalists would benefit from harnessing the numerous resources of religious institutions to address the "ubiquitous" and "reasoned" perceptions of belief in groups of religious illiteracy in the media.

I say "intrigued" because I've just written my 500th straight weekly column for a local newspaper. I took the opportunity to get a Christian copy with both hands about 10 years ago because I was aware of the widespread assumption that belief, especially Christian belief, has little or no relevance to people today.

I am convinced that this is a completely wrong assumption. Religion plays a crucial role in many lives, including here in our increasingly secularized western culture. More importantly, the Christian faith provides a true and accurate lens (or should I say "worldview") through which men and women can properly understand "life, the universe and everything".

I came to this conclusion after giving up refuting the resurrection claims. The more I tried, the more convinced I became that the evidence was irrefutable, and so it made sense to listen to the "Galilean Carpenter".

It was then that I saw that belief is not a delusion or an escape from reality. It is a life-giving belief based on solid evidence. I've covered all sorts of topics over the years. Donald Trump, miracles, shootings in the United States, and debt to name a few, and I've always tried to reflect from a Christian perspective. In doing so, I have always tried to tell stories to show people the difference that belief can make in their lives.

I've decided to talk about Alexis von Roenne this week. He was Hitler's & # 39; favorite intelligence analyst & # 39; but without knowing the Führer, he was secretly working to undermine the Third Reich! Roenne was clearly a flawed man, like all of us, and his motives were undoubtedly mixed. But his Christian faith was a key factor in his behavior.

In his book Operation Mincemeat, the respected journalist Ben Macintyre says: “His Christian conscience was outraged by the appalling SS terror unleashed in Poland. Quietly, but with absolute conviction, he had turned against the Nazi regime. & # 39;

Roenne's faith supported him even at the most critical moment of his life. He was not directly involved in the July conspiracy to assassinate Hitler, but he was arrested and sentenced to death for his friendship with some of them.

Roenne wrote to his wife on the eve of his brutal execution: "In a moment I will go to our Lord's home in complete calm and with the certainty of redemption."

The late great John Stott once said, "Secular society can do its best to bring us down to the scope of its concerns."

He was right – and the pressure is increasing. But he has also rightly said that the Church should refuse to be marginalized. As he says, every Christian is called to "occupy an area of ​​influence for Christ". However, it is a challenge that we must all face and wherever we choose. The world desperately needs what we need to share.

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