This blog is maintained on behalf of the Amy Foundation for the purpose of tracking the best Christian journalism we find on the Web. Our posts regularly identify those news articles or opinions in the mainstream media that represent good faith-based writing and example them for other Christian journalists.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Great Article on The Nativity Story

On December 7, The Tucson Citizen published an opinion by Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder entitled, "'Nativity Story' has message for impressionable youth."

Baeher is founder and publisher of Movieguide (, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, and a longtime friend of the Amy Foundation. Snyder is the editor of Movieguide.

In the 12/7 opinion, they write:
Joseph's faith and trust in God gave him great courage to obey God, resist social pressure and take Mary home to be his wife. That courage, trust and faith inspired Joseph to protect Mary's holy child, Jesus, when his life was in danger.

Today's teenagers are daily bombarded with hedonistic, pagan images and sounds of sex in the mass media. No wonder that a recent medical study revealed that half of all of today's teenagers will get a sexually transmitted disease by the time they are 25 years old.

Today, of course, an STD can kill you. In fact, some STDs can kill you long before any second-hand cigarette smoke will.

Another recent study, by the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics, found that teenagers listening to music with explicit sexual lyrics fornicate sooner than teenagers who do not.

These two studies show clearly that following the example of sexual purity and honor set by the Virgin Mary and Joseph is not just some quaint remnant of Medieval Times or the Victorian Age. It's a matter of life and death.
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It's a well-written opinion on a current topic-- both in terms of the movie and teenage sexual practices--but unfortunately, it doesn't qualify for the Amy Writing Awards because it doesn't include identifable scripture. The authors could have easily accommodated a quotation given the subject matter.

But readers of this blog should take their opinion as encouragement that current issues have a Christian perspective that needs sharing. It would be great to see 100 similar opinions in magazines and newspapers, large and small, using the release of The Nativity Story to relate God's truth on a variety of topics. So let's get writing!


At Sat Dec 09, 09:40:00 PM EST, Blogger Peter Shaw said...

I agree with your thought. Bible scripture is always the only authority that we as Christians need to have as we make our arguments. God Bless.

Peter Shaw


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