I just knew the Rupert Murdoch/”News of the World”/phone hacking scandal that has been exploding in England over the past week, had to have poisonous tentacles reaching somehow into the Christian world. I was sure there must be an angle on this story that would serve as a wake-up call, or at least a challenge, to the church.
I don’t know enough about the English tabloid press to have discovered for myself where the overlap might be between this story and the Christian world. But, it turns out my instinct was correct.
Will Braun, former editor with “Geez” magazine in Winnipeg, Manitoba has uncovered a deep ethical dilemma for Christians in the modern morality play that is currently unfolding in England and around the world.
It has to do with Bibles, religious books, and the biggest Christian publishing house in North America.
Any Christian who is interested in living ethically in the complex world we currently inhabit, needs to read Will Braun’s probing piece, “Rupert Murdoch: Bible mogul” at http://www.geezmagazine.org/blogs/entry/rupert-murdochs-big-bible-business
The way we spend our money has implications. We need to be aware that the dollars we use to purchase the goods we buy may be going to support undertakings we find less than savoury. While not wholly responsible for every use our money is put to after we spend it, we are surely responsible to do what we can to try to ensure that our money is used, as much as possible, to support things that are congruent with our most deeply held values.
The more informed we can be about the trail our dollars follow when they leave our wallet, the more hope we will have of living with a clear conscience in the consumer world.