I’m sure you all recall the neo-nazi rally (yes, I didn’t capitalize, but I don’t think they should be put on a pedestal) held in Virginia last week where someone drove his car through the crowd. A lot of the protesters are being “outed” by people on the internet. They’re losing their jobs and have to move because of threats. What’s funny is most of those caught claim not to be part of the hate group.

photographer-1029391_1920According to government wage information,
there are over 40,000 reporters in the US.

So why did they protest?

Could it be because of an ad on Craigslist looking for actors and photographers? Basically, did they protest because they believed in the cause or because they were paid?

I don’t know if this is true. I’ve just seen it a couple of times on the internet, and I am always cautious with this type of information. But wouldn’t it behoove the media to find out if it is true? If I were a reporter, I’d like to “out” the person responsible.

But then again, maybe the media has their own agenda.

Some laugh when they hear the term “fake news,” but isn’t that exactly where we’re at right now. The news media plays little snippets of interviews that formulate the story. It might come out later that the snippet was taken out of context and used only to formulate a certain opinion.

news-1980105_1920According to sciencealert.com, 80% of middle-grade students
can’t tell the difference between a real news story and a fake one.

And when it comes to people paying these protestors, the media is all but silent. Is it because they know it’s a false claim or because they get money every time there’s a riotous protest? The more and longer these protests go on, the bigger chance people might watch the news stations which means more ads. And isn’t that what it comes down to – money? Even if the story isn’t true, if the media gets paid enough, they’ll post it.

Don’t believe me? How often have you seen the news retract a story because they didn’t get the facts right? Of course, the apology never garners the attention of the initial piece. The news media learned a long time ago that outrage feeds into our minds and gets more follows than a mediocre story.

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You know, that is one of the consequences of the weak sense of responsibility of the press. The press does not feel responsibility for its judgments. It makes judgments and attaches labels with the greatest of ease. Mediocre journalists simply make headlines of their conclusions, which suddenly become generally accepted. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize winner of literature

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We should call out news agencies when they create this fear and hate. Instead, we pass it on. Proverbs 10:18 tells us that He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool. By passing on false or incomplete news stories, we are lying and being made to look foolish.

Can we be far behind becoming a dictatorship when our own news agencies pick and choose what truths we should be told? Isn’t that how leaders in communist countries work?

The news organizations need to step up and find the truth behind these protests. Is someone paying for such hatred? As Christians and Americans, we should all want to know who is stirring up trouble whether it be an individual or the media. You never know when your group will be the next one targeted.

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The lottery hit 300 million dollars this past week. When the jackpot’s that high, I like to think of what I’d do with that much money. The number of people I could help would be astronomical.

lotto-864035_1920Approx. 70% of lottery winners end up broke.

Now, let me make this clear, I’m not advocating purchasing lottery tickets. If you want to do so, that’s between you and God. It has nothing to do with me or any particular religion.

But too often people dream about what they can purchase in the way of large houses and fancy cars. Many winners of the large lottery jackpots have ended up miserable. They don’t realize that money doesn’t buy happiness. Sure it can make things more comfortable, but happiness comes from within. Don’t believe me? Just look at Hollywood. How many stars seem to have a life we’d love to live only to get hooked on drugs or kill themselves?

buying-15810_1920According to Nerdwallet.com, the average
household credit card debt is $16,425.00.
It might be wiser to pay your debt than
to play the lottery.

The only thing that will give you the peace you need to enjoy life is the love of Jesus Christ. The world will let you down every time. In John 16:33 Jesus told us, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

We grab at things to try to impress people we don’t really care about. And in the end, we don’t really like ourselves much. No matter how much we spend, something always comes along to end that high. A new electronic device, a friend with a prettier pair of shoes. The list can go on. What we really need to do is look within, not in the windows of the nearest Macy’s.

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Successful people are unhappy not because their homes are empty, but because their souls are empty. – Kathryn J. Bain

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As long as we focus on the things of this world, we will never be content.

That doesn’t mean you can’t dream about winning big. But next time dream differently. How about coming up with a plan for a nonprofit that helps the homeless instead of a mansion on the hill. Not only will you feel better about this dream, but if it comes true, you will be able to help others.

Just remember if you do play, do so responsibly. It’s great to dream, but to do so at the detriment of your family is selfish. The chances of winning are not worth allowing yourself and your children to go without food or shelter in the hopes you might win big.

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