Friday, April 01, 2005

Big, Dramatic Stories.....About God?

It's been nonstop.

First, it was the day after Christ's birthday, December 26, when a catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami swallowed up to 200,000, mainly women and children.

Then it was 26 year old Ashley Smith soothing a killer into surrender by quoting from a Christian book.

Then it was the two-week death by starvation of Terri Schiavo, a severely brain-injured women who was otherwise in good health.

Today, it's protracted, moment-by-moment coverage of the dying Pope.

Since the November 2004 election, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the cable news world have embarked on an orgy of sensationalism that rivals Jerry Springer and the tabloids. And the viewing pubic is lapping up this programming. Ratings are great.

But here's the oddly unique thing.....each obsessively-reported story has a religious twist and moral to it. It's like the public has a thirst for big, dramatic stories involving religion and God.

I don't know what it means. I'm just making an observation. Wouldn't be nice if it meant our nation was actively hungering for Christ?

1 comment:

Mark Daniels said...

Yes, it would be nice, Deborah, and I believe, whether consciously or otherwise, we do hunger for God!