With the development of technology, it is no exaggeration to say that today is an era of news and media. Mobile phone in the hands of people deliver breaking news nonstop regardless of its time and it gives easy access to live news platforms through YouTube and other internet channels. People are exposed by media and became a great part of daily life. In which explains how powerful media is and how it is affecting the society.
Karl Barth, a Swiss Reformed theologian, said “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both.” Which means as followers of Jesus, we should know the world we live in. We must know God, but we also need to know the world.
I privileges to travel to many countries around the world, and as I travel – in the midst of the beauty of diversity and its own unique identity – I also have witnessed widespread injustice. I have witnessed people suffering after the massive earthquake hit in Haiti. I have met begging girls in Siem Reap, Cambodia; a boy who had to grow up as an orphan in a township in Cape Town, South Africa; a stateless Venezuelan man in San Jose, Costa Rica; and I also have met refugees who came all the way from Aleppo, Syria to Norway in Oslo. OUR WORLD IS BROKEN and we all have responsibilities to share.
So how can we engage in our world through media? How can we speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves through media? What is my role in our society?