Micah 6:8He has showed you, O man, what is good.And what does the LORD require of you?To act justly and to love mercyand to walk humbly with your God.
To Act Justly To Love Mercy To walk humbly with our God
Speak up against injustices Stand up against corruption Be society’s conscience Report accurately Tell the truth Help people make informed choices Highlight abuses in society Strive for accountability & transparency
Journalists want to act justly, but are hard pressed by the pressures of the world Will speaking out get me into trouble??
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Seek not the applause of men, but the applause of Heaven
God commanded Joshua to obey the Law, not to turn to the right or left Joshua 1: 6-9 "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful…"
Shift from grey to white NOT from grey to black Be voices of conscience pushing for justice, accountability & transparency in the system
Justice alone is not sufficient We must love mercy & do what it requires… Christians should be on the forefront of social work
Give a voice to the marginalised, disadvantaged, unseen, unhear d, underprivileged, powerless, aliens Promote a kinder, gentler society to counter escalating violence and hostility Tell stories that encourage and edify the human spirit (Sunday Starters?)
Many Christians hold prominent positions in media groups, corporations, government and various organisations We need to see ourselves as servants of God and society, and put aside self or political gain
Christians can make an impact by living out our calling as Christians wherever we are Walk closely with God In the process, show others the way If we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God, the battle is won
Justice: Treat others fairly and equally, help the poor and needy Mercy: Forgive others, show compassion Faith: Not what you believe — faith is what you do with what you believe “…carry the scent of Christ wherever we go”
Carry the scent of Christ wherever we go.Conduct ourselves with integrity withinthe company (even when no one else iswatching).Discern and confront the temptations ofour industry so that we can workproactively to safeguard ourselves fromthese temptations.
Communicate but influencerightly… PR or Advertising, the reality of mass media work is to influence But we influence rightly
“ We should not underestimate the significance of the small group of people who have a new vision of a just and gentle world. The quality of a culture may be changed when 2% of its people have a new vision.” - Robert Bellah There are an estimated 9% Christians in this country, far above 2% You and I must sit up, stand up, and move forward to impact this nation – beyond just casting our votes
And so I urge you to pray: for our nation for God to raise good leaders for good citizens who will fulfil their role with courage and integrity for people who will act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God Amen