...The Kidapping of the Lindbergh Baby!
The kidnapping of a famous aviator's 20-month-old boy became a cottage industry for the press in 1932. Even skeptical journalist H.L. Mencken called it "the biggest story since the Resurrection."
But when Jesus Christ resurrected, was it NEWS?
No. It was to his Jewish disciples, but do the math: three frightened women and eleven cowering men were not exactly Israel's version of Associated Press or CNN. NEWS is when an heir to the English throne is found fighting in Afghanistan. NEWS is when a president says there is no recession just before the stock market takes a major nosedive. And NEWS is when a televangelist says that Christ was not the Messiah...then endorses an Arizona senator for president.
And NEWS is what powerful people make it to be:
During the first part of the Spanish American War, famous western artist Frederick Remington was an illustrator and journalist for William Randolph Hearst's newspapers and stationed in Cuba. He telegraphed Heast asking if he could come home since there didn't seem to be any conflict. Hearst's response was:
"Please Remain. You furnish the pictures, I'll furnish the war."
O.K., so what am I getting at? Just this: today's American public frames the NEWS much more than the NEWS frames itself: a U.S. senator's campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination and his religious endorsemens is what the public WANTS to read/view/blog about. The ruminations of a "heretical" televangelist is what HE wants the public read/view/blog about. And when a preacher's influence gets to Hearst proportions, it's too late: he's already in the public psyche. He couldn't pull out even if he wanted to.
And Pastor John Hagee doesn't want to pull out. He and his "flock" want Armaggedon - NOW. Televangelist Hagee is calling Christ to come down from heaven.
Christ better heed the call.