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Survey Shows Why A Biblical Worldview is Important in Discerning the Media

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Survey Shows Why A Biblical Worldview is Important in Discerning the Media

By Movieguide® Staff

A survey conducted in March 2021 by the Public Religion Research Institute found that Christians watch news from different sources.  

According to Relevant Magazine, the survey collected data from the news-watching habits of Americans from a “wide variety of racial and religious backgrounds,” including Evangelical and Protestant Christians, Catholics, and other denominations.  

The majority of Christians that responded to the survey said that they either trusted mainstream news outlets or did not watch the news at all.  

Relevant reported

While these numbers show a large division among race, religion and media affiliation, a large portion of religiously affiliated individuals do not actively engage with televised news. …

PRRI utilized this data to determine the role that media coverage plays in the lives of Christian consumers. Their research shows that the ongoing media division is invading not only the political world, but also the spiritual world.

As the media’s divisive nature becomes all the more prevalent, especially after the 2020 election, many people are looking elsewhere for different perspectives and how to view the world.  

For Christians, this is an excellent opportunity to champion a biblical worldview that does not shut out the world’s events but seeks to assess and discern based on the principles found in God’s Word.  

Whether it is a fictional movie depicting excessive immorality or a news station that focuses on one half of the story and not the whole, the Bible offers Christians courage, truth, hope and unity.  

In a recent article, Movieguide® outlined that some of the most vulnerable and heavily attacked victims of divisive media are children. Parents play a crucial role in how children think about the media and should train their children to view the world through a biblical lens.

Movieguide® previously reported on a Lifeway Research survey which reads:

Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians.

But half of them don’t actually practice the Christian faith, their parents say.

And the biggest factor predicting their spiritual health as young adults is whether they read the Bible regularly as kids.

Those are among the findings of a new study among Protestant churchgoers about parenting and spirituality from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. The study was sponsored by Lifeway Kids for use in the book Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith.

For the study, researchers surveyed 2,000 Protestant and nondenominational churchgoers. All attend services at least once a month and have adult children ages 18 to 30.

Researchers wanted to know what parenting practices pay off over the long haul when it comes to spiritual health, said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research.

“Churchgoing parents want to pass on their faith to their kids—and to see their children make that faith their own,” said McConnell. “But they don’t always know how best to make that happen.”

When children developed this habit, they grew into adults who wanted to actively be part of the church and engage the culture around them for Christ.

This spiritual discipline goes beyond the church walls, though, as regular Bible reading can also help shape a child’s worldview.

Teaching a child to have a biblical/Christian worldview is critical in training a child to have proper media discernment, as well.