NASHVILLE (NRB) – Television journalists Megan Alexander and Kelly Wright were among the speakers at the Super Session on “Writing, Acting, and Broadcasting as a Christian” held on Friday, March 2, during Proclaim 18, the NRB International Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Alexander, a reporter for the syndicated national news magazine television show Inside Edition, told the audience she was there to talk about her future granddaughter.
In describing what led her to write her first book, Faith in the Spotlight: Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs, she said that she got an email a couple years ago from a pastor in Seattle who wanted her to come to his church and speak to young women who were solid in their faith but terrified that they were going to have to compromise their values to get ahead in the business world.
“This was [an] all too familiar email. I’d gotten it many times,” Alexander said. “Parents come up to me and say, ‘You remind me of my daughter. She wants to work in secular media or mainstream media. She’s not sure how this is all going to work out with her faith. Would you give her some advice?’”
Alexander related that there’s a bigger conversation going on. How does a believer raised as a Christian, as someone who loves Jesus dearly, stay true to their faith in the secular world – corporate America, entertainment, media – when they often feel at odds with their faith?
Alexander said the big question is: “How’s the faith community responding, equipping, and empowering our young women? Are we engaging in this conversation? What if raising up strong solid women of faith in leadership positions, helping them take that seat at the table, what if that could be our greatest testimony to the world and to culture? That’s what weighs heavy on my heart.”
Alexander then shared some practical tips and ideas she’s learned during her life and career to help and equip young women to live out their faith in the workplace.
“First of all, we cannot be fearful, but we need to be proactive and prepared,” she said. “We need to determine who we are as women before we get into this industry and take that seat at the table. Decide who you are and what you stand for and how you will respond when faced with a big decision.”
Secondly, Alexander said it’s important that churches provide a community for young women as they raise them up. “Even though you’re working in a secular environment, you [have to] be around those people that can sharpen you and encourage you.”
She said this is easier said than done, pointing out that the majority of the churches she’s attended haven’t offered Bible studies for working women. Alexander and a group of women who also work in television in New York City encountered this problem and decided to start their own Bible study.
“Sometimes you need to seek [community] out – be intentional and literally create it,” Alexander said. “Solve the problem yourself.”
She added that men play an important role in helping women live out their faith. “In my life it’s been mainly men who have encouraged me in my journey.”
In closing, Alexander came back to where she started, emphasizing that we must do this for our granddaughters, not our daughters.
“Proverbs 13:22 says ‘a good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.’ That’s two generations down the road. That’s not my daughter, that’s my future granddaughter. That means what we are doing today is setting the stage for our granddaughters. That’s sobering for me. That is humbling. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Alexander worries that the faith community is missing out on this pivotal moment in our culture.
“I think that we seriously need to consider how we are raising those girls up because if we don’t, the secular world is waiting with open arms and plenty of opportunities for our young women. They’re saying, ‘Here we are. Come on over.’ ”
Kelly Wright, an anchor for Fox News, an ordained minister, and a recording artist, began his time by citing lyrics from “I’m Just A Nobody” by The Williams Brothers, saying he’s “a nobody trying to tell everybody about the only somebody who can save anybody.”
Reflecting on the chaotic state of our world today, Wright said he believes that the greatness of our nation will begin in the homes of its people.
“God just needs ordinary people like you and I who are willing to reach out to Him on a daily basis to understand that He’s the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and no one can clean up our mess better than He can,” Wright said. “And not only will God clean up your mess, He’ll take your mess and turn it into a message and create in you a messenger of righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost.”
Wright continued, “We have an awesome responsibility and an awesome blessing to lift up Jesus in a bad news world because God is available to every man and every child, every religion, every faith.”
He encouraged parents to be the best they can be for their children.
“Let them learn of God through you. Teach them to understand that they can do anything – they can achieve anything – if they will keep their faith alive. That’s going to be the future of our nation. It’s not what’s going on at the White House or the state- house; it’s really what’s going on in your house.”
Wright concluded by singing the title track from his new album Love, Freedom, Peace.
By Michael Smith
Published: April 4, 2018