When the pillars of our so-called civil society were exposed over recent decades they were riddled with concrete cancer. Judges were exposed as pedophiles. Corrupt politicians were revealed with their paws in the honey jar while they often didn’t seem to be wearing any pants. Police were shown to not always uphold their own laws. Teachers have been repeatedly exposed for being way too close to their students. Churches have been exposed for their vanity, corruption and abuse. Corruption in big business has been named and professional sports addiction to drugs and money has also been a target. Medicine, Defense, the Arts and seemingly every group in society have been shown to have a dark side. Even the royal family has had the colour of their blue blood tainted forever.
The great public institution that has revealed all this corruption is the media. Their moral outrage over evils and corruption has had no bounds. They regularly hunt and accuse. In times they glory in conviction or even execution. The smell of blood develops into a taste and then they go in for the kill. Such moral drive has been the media’s persona and anyone who ever stood in the way of their sport has often been left wounded and bleeding. The paparazzi have been seen to have blood on their hands while the grubby newspapers who bought their photos have defended and denied their culpability.
But now the news of the world is that they are just as bad as us! Far from being a pure moral force they are as corrupt as the rest of us. Now a whole lot of people who were the victims of the moral outrage of the media are now very angry that the judge himself has no clothes. Exposing evil by illegally tapping phones, by entrapment and by bribing the police all of a sudden seems like a rather poor journalistic methodology.
CEO’s are facing prison, Police Chiefs are resigning because of their closeness to the media baron’s, newspapers are closing and the rage in the UK is huge. The grubby shameless newspapers who thought their calling was to be judge and jury and now exposed as harlots, cheats and lyres. This is a big deal.
The one group that thought they were above everyone else has been shown to now be just like the rest of us.
The conclusion of the old book deserves another look when the media worldview is exposed as folly. Corruption is not the preserve of the powerful alone but the default human condition left unchecked or uncontrolled. The Bibles word for corruption is sin - that human ability to always be convinced that we are right and everyone else is wrong. Short cuts and dodgy ethics remain an endemic human problem- not a minor issue for a few but a major flaw in humanity.
We all need to repent of our self-righteous judgementalism.
We all need to face our own corrupt hearts.
We all need humility as we face divine judgment.
We all need a saviour to rescue us from our sins.
… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ( Romans 3:23)
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