Thursday, March 21, 2013

Journalism, Reporting, Op-Eds, and Preaching

I was going to be a journalist.  A Sports Journalist, in fact.  That was the plan when I was entering High School.  Even took High School Journalism.  And it is something I love - ESPN is on often - sports radio on when I'm in the car or at the office.  Colin Cowherd is on in the background right now.

In journalism, properly speaking, there is a distinction made between reporting the news and producing editorials, giving opinions.  The anchors on Sportscenter report - the analyists give opinion and observation.  Bob and Kristine give the news updates, and Colin gives his thoughts.  The two tasks are different, are separate.

So - what are you, oh preacher?  Are you the reporter, the anchor, the one giving the news update, or are you the analyst, the flamboyant personality giving your opinion?

A voice says, “Cry!”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”

You are not an opinion maker, preacher.  You are not a spin doctor.  You are not there to give your thoughts or opinings, you are not to dissect the possession they had in the 3rd quarter.

You are a crier - one who calls out the news.  Who who proclaims the facts, the realities.  You proclaim the Law, you proclaim the Gospel.  You don't talk about it, you don't break it down, you don't rant.

Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

You have enough to do to simply proclaim what God has done. 

Leave your speculations behind.  Abandon your thoughts of glory.  Forget trying to find some neat insight that the other speculative folks hadn't yet see. 

No.  Cry out.  Proclaim the Word.  Give the facts.  Declare what the Lord has done.

You aren't the star editorialist for the New Jerusalem Times -- you are a beat reporter.  Be glad... you get to report Good... news.

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