Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Time Magazine named the Person of the Year award to journalists. In fact, they dedicated four editions of their magazine to slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, staff members of the Capital Gazette who were gunned down and two foreign journalists killed while doing their jobs.  They ran a story called "Guardians and the War on Truth." It's insightful as to their worldview. By calling journalists guardians of the truth they dismiss religious communities who were considered shepherds of the truth. Journalists report facts regarding current events. Religious leaders report doctrines regarding the big questions of life. Journalists are crucial to a free and transparent society, but the only way they can be guardians of the truth is if they subscribe to an objective standard of truth which originates outside of mankind, and this is inherently a religious question—one that pastors and churches have served to answer.