Journalism’s Higher Calling
Recently, CBN’s David Brody delivered the keynote address as the Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference where he explained to his audience that journalism is a great way to spread the Gospel and win converts for Christ:
“If we can go ahead and say intelligent things on the air in a mainstream media network, then maybe they’ll listen to our Jesus talk as well,” Brody said. “And you never know how that’s subconsciously going through, but I can tell you that you definitely get witnessing opportunities to shine your light in the mainstream media world.”
“The blog that I write is viewed by the mainstream networks, and it’s an opportunity at that point to really talk to people about what it means to be saved and grace and redemption of Jesus Christ,” he said. “I do that quite a bit on my blog. You don’t hammer them over the head with it, but at the same time you don’t want to miss opportunities either.”
Brody declared that he prays before his on-air appearances because “no journalism can be successful without divine enabling” and that that it was because of prayer that he has managed to secure interviews with newsmakers like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (though he has still been unable to win over John McCain):
In addition to articulating a Christian worldview in their work, Christian journalists also must rely on God to sustain them and guide them, Brody said. He told how God has worked through prayer many times to land interviews and work out challenging details.
During the 2008 primary season, Brody worked for an entire year to get an interview with Hillary Clinton. The night before the scheduled interview, it was still uncertain whether Clinton would come, he said. But his producer spent an hour and a half in prayer, and Clinton showed up at the appointed time.
According to the article, Brody believes that “Christian journalists have an opportunity to change the world” and so it only makes sense that he plies his trade on behalf of Pat Robertson. As for what CNN thinks he brings to the table, that remains to be answered.
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