XIN MSN, the LGBT Agenda, and the Pope

by Peter Eng

 

 

 

Romans 1:21-32 (NLT)

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. …

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.  … 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.


I depend on XIN MSN (Channel 5) for much of the international news I get because it is one of two English channels here in Singapore. What most people do not realize is that MSN (Microsoft Networks), the parent body of our local XIN MSN, is extremely left-wing. In fact, MSN is one channel I rarely watch when I am in the US because of their extreme bias. They are the advocates of all things anti-Christian, and their value system is against values that we hold dear.

A case in point is the Ellen Show, given to us five days a week on XIN MSN. The host, Ellen DeGeneres, is an openly practicing lesbian. Her public persona as a lesbian has been instrumental in changing the American conversation about homosexual marriage. When there was a small window of time that same-sex marriage was legal, Ellen DeGeneres married Portia Rossi to much media support and accolade.

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is instrumental in the gains of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender) advocates for homosexuality as legitimate. She was already well accepted before she openly declared herself a lesbian. She became the poster child of what it is like to be homosexual and yet normal. This is the image cultivated by MSN and XIN MSN. In comparison, we look at Dr Oz, also on XIN MSN. Dr Oz is a Muslim, but he is not an advocate of Islam. I would therefore hesitate to say that MSN is promoting a certain image of Islam (because Dr Oz did not use his position to influence people). If you were to look at the MSN programs, it becomes clear they are up to something. Singapore does not have the “Ed Show,” but it is part of the MSN programming and it illustrates an outrageous left-wing position. The aggregate of these programs on MSN point to a consistent trend: the agenda to promote the left-wing agenda.

Singapore’s gay-rights activism has a strong support in XIN MSN. The slide to depravity in public opinion about homosexuality is of concern. At the same time, homosexual bashing is the last thing we should do. While we accept that moral wrongs is a reality in life (e.g. prostitution), that reality does not change a wrong to a right, regardless of the legal status. Christians today engage in the legal fight to prevent the LGBT from becoming legally main stream. That struggle is secondary to winning the hearts and minds of the people. Allow me to use prostitution as a comparison again. Prostitution is legal in Singapore, but there is a public consensus that the legalization of prostitution does not make it morally right.

The issue we have with the LGBT agenda is their concerted effort to represent their sinful lifestyle to be a mere preference.

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Pope Francis when he was cardinal Jorge Bergolio
in an AIDS hospice (2001)

The left-wing media hated Pope Benedict XVI because he has conservative values. Regardless of what we may think of him as a person or of his theology, he deserves the right to be correctly represented. But the media said things about him that are just not true, things designed to make him look bad.

Pope Francis (Cardinal Bergoglio) is loved by the media because he has consistently led a simple life, and a proven record of identifying with the poor. He even took on the name “Francis,” after Francis of Assisi, the stoutest advocate for Christian simplicity. All these are good attributes, and we are glad for his rejection of opulence following the simplicity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

One aspect of the self-deprecation of Pope Francis which media noticed is his preference to be called the “Bishop of Rome” rather than “Pope.” This is important to Christians because the claim as Pope over all Christians is never accepted by non-Catholics. Historically, there were bishops over different territories, and Rome, like other cities, had a bishop. When other cities fell to the invading Muslims who then decimated the Christian population, their status diminished. Rome was also sacked but the “barbarians” who invaded Rome converted to Christianity. The prestige of the Bishop of Rome continued to rise. When Constantinople (Istanbul today) fell to the Muslims, the Eastern Church lost prestige, and the claims coming out of Rome that the Bishop of Rome represents all Christians took on greater force.

It is quite clear that Pope Francis, even if he wants, is not able to shed the title of pope. But his preference to be considered the Bishop of Rome is a return to correctness. He does not speak for me, as a non-Catholic, and when he styles himself as the Bishop of Rome, it is a recognition of his true historical position. It is one that diminishes the papacy, but a correct one.

The media love-fest with Pope Francis will last as long he does not infringe on values that liberals hold dear. My guess is that he will offend them eventually because he opposes the values of LGBT, and they will begin to undermine him. As long as the attacks are based on reality rather than lies, they are fair. And I see the stirrings of underhanded attacks.

The reporting of Reuters (27 March, 2013), is reproduced by MSN. The first story is about Jorge Bergoglio as a 19 year old. They recount his sister’s story that when he was 19, he had said he wanted to study medicine and the family made room for him to do so. But they found religious rather than medicine related books, and it is claimed that he replied, “It’s medicine for the soul.” The point of the article is that Pope Francis is a political pope. It is suggesting that we have an unscrupulous pope who will say things that sound good to the hearers when he has something else in mind.

Perhaps that is what he is. But the evidence to support such a charge is extrapolated from an event when he was a teenager and that from a third party. This is unworthy, agenda-filled reporting.

Next the article attacked him because he called homosexual marriage “the work of the devil.” MSN is quick to come to the defense of the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and depict this view as though it were strange. I affirm the evil of homosexual marriage as do the majority of people in the world. The liberals are the minority who control the media and talk as though they represent the consensus.

Singapore is infected by XIN MSN with the wrong type of inclusivism. Jesus is the most inclusive person in history and teaches inclusivism unmatched by any. He says to “love your enemy.” That is true inclusivism. Jesus’ teaching is blind to ethnicity, to wealth, to social class, to ability, to disabilities, etc. And just in case Christians misunderstand what Jesus is saying, let us now affirm that he does not call us to hate the LGBT, but to love them and offer them forgiveness of sin. All who respond to the offer of forgiveness of sin receive it – including the LGBT. We oppose the LGBT agenda to turn wrong into right, but our goal is not to destroy the people. Instead, we proclaim the good news of how God can change their lives. We must hold out a message of love and hope in Christ, but we also affirm that there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is destruction – such as the way of LGBT.

What is the point of this article? It is a warning. I wish to warn Christians in Singapore about how the extreme left-wing media (MSN and its affiliates), try to poison our minds with unjust reporting. 

We all have positions. For me as an evangelical Christian, I like Pope Francis to the extent he rolls back false teachings within Catholicism and returns to truth found in the Bible. The liberal media has the right to approve or disapprove Pope Francis (or anyone) on the basis of whether that person fits their liberal values. What I object to is the false reporting such as by Reuters, and carried by MSN. Of course, I also reject the agenda of MSN and wish to warn my Christian friends about the left-wing media.

When people rely on falsehood or speculation to convince you, you should be immediately alerted to these people as dishonest, and should take a very cautious position when listening to them.

Are there conservative Christians guilty of such bias or falsehood? Of course! When conservative Christians do not speak the truth so they can get their point across, they do our position a great disservice. Their lies will be discovered and our position discredited, or at least diminished. There is truth in the Evangelical faith and the use of false evidence or argument makes the truth look weak.

We all make honest mistakes. We tend to be less rigorous when we examine a position we like, and more rigorous when we examine a view we do not like. Consequently, we can misrepresent our evidence or the evidence of our ideological opponents. We need to make room for such errors in others and ask others to make room for us when we commit such errors. They are inevitable. This is why conversation or even debate will expose weaknesses on both sides. Eventually, falsehood will be revealed and truth affirmed.

Singaporeans are savvy people, but we have limited media exposure. On this account, I like to point out to you that XIN MSN is an agenda-heavy network intent of promoting the LGBT and other left-wing agenda.

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