Pure hope-pure news
Pure journalism has been on the ropes in our culture for a while now, but that isn't because the newspaper has gone the way of the "powdered wig." Or is it? Media climate change is real folks and it is about time we did something! And we surely can do something because it isn't for lack of trying, it is more on the lines of credibility. When you read some of the stories that use to thump your doorsteps in the morning, it is clear that the element of hope is missing in news coverage. This partly because humanity is placing their hope on humans and humans can only deliver so much of it. And when hope is delivered by politicians with promises; lawyers with the disclaimer; and shops with a limited warranty, hope becomes an impure thing that soon fades away. Like the artificial coin that pays the debt. A fraudulent messenger with no backbone and a fraudulent credit card is what describes the state of mass-media today. It is quick becoming a media that feeds the culture tainted meat and scurries to recall it.
When the apostle John writes his love letter to Christ followers he writes:
3 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. 2-3 But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. (The Message) In other versions this is the definition of pure hope and the way we should approach God's word and use it in communicating pure and real hope.
The account of true fellowship in the process of purification and transformation comes from the "renewing of both the heart and the mind" daily. (Paul writes Romans 12). Here was John an experienced Christ follower, taught and lived with Jesus; encountered the risen Messiah; and hopes to see him, be like him and be pure in him for eternity. So poet, writer, reporter and journalist, we all can use a little hope over here!