By Tyson Thorne

September 19, 2018

BiM13 Large

"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. This week in the Bible and Media: While the Emmy Awards show continues to belittle Christians, an entire host of prestigious people continue to openly discuss their faith in public forums, including Chris Pratt, Mark Wahlberg, Odell Beckham, Jr. and more.

The enemies of the cross seemingly never learn the lesson of history: persecution only makes Christians stronger. Two days ago the 70th Annual Emmy Awards show aired and the Hollywood crowd could not miss the opportunity to denigrate Christianity in general and Jesus in particular. As the curtain arose co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost began their opening monologue filled with the expected barbs, jabs and jokes at others' expense. Then Che states that his mother won't be watching the show: "she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough. That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”

May I make a sarcastic, if obvious, observation in a supposed humorous fashion? "Breaking News: No such jokes would ever be made against Muslims." The reason Hollywood doesn't make Muslim jokes, I think, is because Muslim's like to kill people who say such things. Christians, on the other hand, take it in stride and keep doing what they do. And what is that they do? Talk about their faith, of course. We've discussed in the past how Chris Pratt has talked about his faith in Jesus at two earlier award shows, and he's not the only one.

The now old and predictable slights have taken their toll, resulting in this year being the lowest watched Emmy Awards in the history of the show, 10.5 percent fewer than last years. Hollywood and the press along with many who respect such institutions may make their jokes and criticisms but those who follow Jesus can rise above because we know something they don't: God.