By Tyson Thorne

December 5, 2018

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"Media" used to mean "print media" like books and newspapers, but the world has grown. Today media can also mean radio, television and movies delivered to personal computers, tablets and cell phones. As the world's best selling book of all time the Bible continues to make headlines, both good and bad, across all forms of media. Politically liberal students bash Veggie Tales saying its racist and promotes white supremacy, the president of a political action committee attempts to become an expositor of Scripture, and Christian actor Chris Pratt reads the story of the First Christmas at Disneyland.

You may have heard or seen from news outlets that politically liberal-leaning people have criticized the classic short "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", charging that it promoted bullying, bigotry, physical and verbal abuse, patriarchy and discouraged uniqueness and fair play. I think the reason most people don't see these issues in the classic tale is because most people are mentally well. But the liberal critics aren't done yet, now a student board at California State University (San Marcos) called the "Whiteness Forum" accuses the Christian Veggie Tales cartoon series of racism and white supremacy. Of course they made the same claim of the NFL and white women who voted for Trump, so there is that. At least Veggie Tales is in good company.

William Gheen, president of the American's for Legal Immigration PAC, attempts to exegete Scripture to defend his position on limiting immigration into the United States. "We pray for the Lord's Kingdom to be 'on earth as it is in heaven.'", he says. "Heaven has walls, a gate, and a very strict immigration policy with extreme vetting... For us to imitate earth as it is in Heaven, the United States needs walls and borders, and very strict immigration policies to protect our citizens..." I think it is a stretch to make heavenly architecture an application of the text. A better argument is to look at how God established the nation Israel. He raised a people through Abraham, gave them the Law, and then lead them to a land — complete with borders for the nation and 12 states. The land is a constant concern throughout all of the Old Testament, and God tasked the kings of Israel with the duty of defending her borders. If God established this model for his chosen people, then we ought to seriously consider taking it up.

On a more uplifting note, this year Disneyland has continued a tradition that started when the park first opened in 1955, the Candlelight Processional. A procession of vocal and bell choirs performing Christmas songs, a candle lighting ceremony and a retelling of the birth of Christ round out the event. This year Chris Pratt (from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy film series) passionately read the story from the Gospel of Luke, interspersing his own commentary and testimony throughout. "Being a parent has really changed my life in so many ways, and one of those ways is to understand truly the love that a father can have for a child," Pratt said. "The way we love our children, and the more we love our children, the more we will understand the capacity for our Father in heaven to love us."

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