Maybe there are some reasons out there I don’t know about, but here’s my take as to why the media played up Harold Camping’s prediction that the world would end May 21.

  1. It made a great diversion from President Obama’s failures. They just keep piling up, the latest one being the shellacking he took from the Israeli prime minister. He is so embarrassing, that the media is doing its best to pretend all is hunky-dory in the Lala-Land otherwise know as the White House.
  2. It made a great target to bash Christianity. Mr. Camping came across as absolutely certain, specific as to day and even the hour. This was going to be a piece of cake to ridicule and, by implication, the whole Christian system.
  3. Ratings is always a consideration. News departments are not the objective spots on television, nor are newspapers the paragons of dispassionate recorders of events. They smelled a story that would get people’s attention.

American media, main-stream, is nothing if not political and liberal, biased to the core. Mr. Camping deserves the vengeance of his followers and the disdain of viewers in general. That doesn’t mean, however, that the message of coming judgment is not valid and urgent.

My Forthright Magazine article today does a take-off from a story about a guy who saw Jesus (he was sure about that) and Mary (that one was a maybe; perhaps he needed to check with a priest to see if that was OK) in a pizza tray.

That led to another thought: How is it that such stories about Jesus or Mary (usually it’s her) appearing in some rock or tree or the accumulated gunk of a leaking crack in the concrete of a highway overpass, always seem to make the news?

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Author with Local Ties Says, “Choose!”

WINONA, Miss. – Greene County, Arkansas, native Randal Matheny encourages people to make the right choices in his new book, “Choose! 13 Choices to Transform Your Heart and Soul.” Continue reading