March 19, 2019
In a very thoughtful piece in WORLD, called “Mind shapers,” Joel Belz asserts that two institutions are exceedingly more powerful than government in America. He writes, “[O]ur government—big and influential as it may be—is not so much a shaper of its people as it is shaped by those people.”
What are the two institutions he thinks are more influential and powerful? Media and education. He broadly defines both terms. Media is both entertainment and information. “There’s almost no such thing as a straight news program on TV anymore; if TV news isn’t also vividly entertaining, it doesn’t last. The same influences affect the print media as well—probably including WORLD. We print people are also scrambling to compete for your attention. Information, by itself, just doesn’t cut it anymore.” Education, both public and private, increasingly accepts as fact things which we know as Christians are not true–and he cites a few examples in his article.
We at IFA agree with the tremendous influence of media and education. This is why you will often see articles about both of these on our website. We also have prayer resources to pray for the media and education. We even featured Hollywood prayer ministry leaders on our last First Friday Prayer Call. Click below to watch.