The many messages around the coronavirus easily confuse us. How do we engage well with media amidst this crisis? As Christians we have a purpose for interacting with people, especially using the media. We engage with media first to listen carefully to the meaning of the messages. Then we think about how the message relates to us. What we learn from the media can shape how we live. Finally, we can speak into the media with a message of value to people. Then we can communicate well to help each other through the coronavirus crisis.
Oxford Dictionaries chose ‘post-truth’ as its Word of the Year for 2016. Western media seems to be full of examples of how we live in a post-truth world, as well as frequent discussions about it. What is the state of the media in a post-truth society? Why does fake news circulate so fast in social media? How should we respond as Christians?
A short video made to introduce the Lausanne Media Engagement Network at the Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta in August 2016.
Wayne Pederson talks about the Lausanne Media Engagement Network’s task to get churches, ministries and individuals involved in media-related ministry.
There are many opportunities for us to be involved through social media, so media ministry is no longer just for organisations with enough money to run a radio or TV station. ‘We have multiple opportunities and more tools in our toolkit to be able to communicate the gospel,’ says Wayne.
Wayne explains that we’re encouraging Christians to select media as a career – not just in Christian media, but in the mainstream secular media, where they can be salt and light.
Finally, Wayne talks about the need to help Christians use media responsibly, since there are dangers as well as opportunities and much to enjoy.
As we learn to use media more effectively among ourselves, we can see society changed.
Margunn Serigstad Dahle gave a guest lecture in Biola’s Centre for Christianity, Culture and the Arts on ‘Key Values and Worldviews in the Disney Universe’.