Hello, I’m Holly. MIn has graciously asked me to join him on his blog for the remainder of the election season. I’ve been a political junkie since I was a child. My first memory of election coverage is from the night I settled in to watch Reagan’s second election. I didn’t even make it through my first bowl of popcorn before the landslide was called in his favor. I’m a wife and mom of eight children now, and I am enjoying teaching my kids many valuable lessons throughout this current election process.
Over the last several years, I have happily cast aside the main stream media. With the emergence of conservative internet media sources, I haven’t had to count on Katie or Tom or Brian to tell me how to think. Online, I read a variety of sites, both conservative and liberal. I am able to read what I want, watch what videos interest me, and form my own opinions.
A week ago, my internet was down. The repair-man could not be dispatched for a week! It was a bleak time for me and my Minnesota-born husband. His beloved Twins were down to the wire and he was reduced to frequenting the library in order to read scores. (They eventually lost…something…but don’t ask me what. I don’t do sports.)
And me? If I wanted any news at all, I had to watch the talking (and talking and talking and talking) heads on regular television. (Because we are frugal folks, we don’t even spring for cable. That’s not bad…we own our home and our vehicles! Right now, that’s such a good thing!)
Since it had been several years, it was a bit of a jolt to reconnect with my PBS pals and the other television personalities who want to tell me how to think. I knew that mainstream media bias was blatant, but experiencing it this last week shocked me all over again. It was sort of like that hot sauce you keep coming back to over and over again once your tongue is no longer numb.
I was reminded that there is no longer any pretense at media objectivity. There hasn’t been for some time. I can only wonder at the indoctrination that must take place at our schools of journalism. Does a student have to sign some sort of “pledge of allegiance” to anti-conservative causes? Is there some sort of vetting process to get into journalism? Across the channels there are scathing, condescending tones for John McCain and smiles galore for Obama. Third-party candidates never had a chance, from the start they faced complete media black-out.
Last night’s second Presidential debate was framed for the viewer before it ever happened; and like all previous debates, was called immediately for Obama by the incessant talking heads. The message for the viewer is clear: “Don’t bother thinking. Don’t waste your time forming opinions. We’ll tell you who won, and why.” There might as well be a little box for brain-storage beside the television remote.
Obviously, my internet has been repaired. I’m back on-line. In retrospect, I don’t regret the down-time at all. I was driven from my computer, only to reject receiving my news from the television set. I was called to the unbiased Holy Scriptures time and time again; was reminded that it is the Lord God Almighty who holds all of our times in His hands. Throughout the last week of this campaign and the financial crisis, I was called not to any screen but to my knees (and sometimes face down) to pray for my nation and this world.
Let me urge you, throughout this remaining month, to let God frame the great debate for your mind. Take it all to Him. Lay it out there for his view, ask Him for His wisdom, His thoughts.
Ask for His will to be accomplished for this time in history. He maintains the perfect balance of love and judgement, of justice and mercy. He, unlike the mainstream media, knows the outcome of all things. HE can be trusted, and YOU will have peace within your spirit.
Read more from Holly at her blog: Seeking Faithfulness