The mainstream media incorrectly portray religion, including Christian, according to Lauren Green, chief religion correspondent for Fox News.
“One of the big mistakes mainstream media makes is that they don’t understand the nature of most religions and they’re trying to project a secular humanist understanding of religions, which is that all religions are basically the same,” Green says. “That is absolutely not theologically true. For anybody that actually believes in their faith — and I don’t care if you’re Christian or Muslim or Jewish, Buddhist or whatever — you believe that your faith is the truth. So they can’t all be equal.”
Green, one of the most high-profile black correspondents in television news, also pointed out that major faiths today differ greatly on the means of salvation, despite their push for greater morality. “I think that’s where most mainstream media don’t understand the nature of religions,” she said.
Despite having dreams of becoming a concert pianist, Green had no idea that she would be covering religions on one of the largest news networks in the nation. She shared how she previously struggled with understanding who God is, despite her belief, and how asking questions seemed foreign to many people steeped in Christian tradition.
As someone who’s covered a variety of events, including from 9/11, the Charleston church shooting, the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of Afghanistan, Green cannot imagine how much more the world would be broken without God. “There is no question you could ask that would destroy God” when it comes to Christians facing difficult subjects that can be overwhelming, she said.
Green also addressed John Lennon’s hit song “Imagine” and how she initially did not think much of the line “Imagine there’s no countries / It isn’t hard to do / Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion, too.” However, her perspective has since changed as Green realizes the late artist “was so wrong.”
“You will always worship something,” she said. “The human condition is that we are going to worship something/ And if you don’t make a decision about what you’re worshipping, something else will come in there as the default idol, and this is what the Bible warns against.”