Misinformation and Ukraine

Monday, August 15, 2022

Categories: Gospel and Culture

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Good Morning and Welcome to this week’s Gospel and Culture update, by Alan Vink
Misinformation and Ukraine
Monday 15th August 2022

Fire and Fury

POV. This is a Stuff Circuit Investigation and documentary about who’s driving a violent and misinformed New Zealand – and why. I highly recommend this excellent documentary and urge every adult Christian in New Zealand to watch it. (I wouldn’t recommend it for children or young teenagers). This doco is so much more than an expose into the protest at Parliament earlier this year. It is a breath taking and eye-opening in-depth look at what is driving a social movement that advocates making our country “ungovernable” and using increasingly more violent and vile language to make their point.

If you are like me and kept an interest in what is happening in this space over the last two years then you will be concerned at what is happening in our Nation. The rise of white nationalism identity and neo Nazism. The rise of an alternative universe informed by far right media outlets like Counterspin and Telegram not to say anything about a new kind of Trumpian rhetoric that is more polarising than I have known in my lifetime and worse still endeavouring to undermine our democracy and the democratic process.

Given that the national elections are about 12-15 months away is now a good time for churches and Christians all around NZ to step up Paul’s instruction? “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Saviour God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned……….” 1 Timothy 2:1-5 (MSG)

Here is the documentary and here is an article where the two Reporters explain why they made it.

Ukraine Needs Our Help

Here is a fascinating article by Tova O’Brien telling of her experience meeting and interviewing President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently. The full interview with Zelenskyy will play on Today FM on August 17. Tova O'Brien meets President Zelenskyy airs on Prime TV on August 22 at 7.30pm.

And here is a superb interview on Q and A yesterday with the new Ukrainian Ambassador, Vasyl Myroshnychenko. It is Jack Tame’s first interview and goes for 15mins.

POV. Imagine Australia being very unhappy about NZ wanting to join NATO (coupled with one or two historic grievances). It is inconceivable that Australia would declare war on NZ and start dropping bombs indiscriminately. What is different with Ukraine? Nothing! Ukraine is a sovereign State just like NZ. Ukraine needs and deserves our help. Tear Fund have made giving easy and offer many ways individuals and churches can support Ukraine.

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