David Aikman, foreign correspondent for Time magazine, says he does not fit the stereotype in American media. The British-born journalist became a Time correspondent in 1971. He has served as Time’s bureau chief in Eastern Europe, Israel, and Beijing. Aikman currently works out of Washington, D.C., specializing in foreign policy and Communist affairs. He talked with CHRISTIANITY TODAY about his experiences as a Christian in the secular media.
How does your Christian faith impact the way you perform your job?
A Christian brings to journalism a coherent world view and a purpose to life that transcends the immediate framework of the profession itself. A journalist who is a Christian should see journalism as a vehicle for living out his Christian witness in the community, and for implementing God’s purposes in the world.
Is there a difference between a good journalist and a good Christian journalist?
Not in terms of desiring to be professional. I admire many of my journalistic friends who are not Christians as thorough-going professionals with a high sense of self-esteem and purpose. A lot of people attracted to journalism see it as a profession that can do good by uncovering wrong and telling the truth about life and society.
There is a difference on the career path, where some get caught up in the corporate games that exist in large organizations. I think no self-respecting Christian could give himself or herself to these games of corporate ladder climbing.
Do you make your faith known among superiors and colleagues?
Probably a large number of people at Time magazine know I’m a Christian, simply because over the years I’ve done and said things a non-Christian wouldn’t do or say. I try not to be unpleasant ...1
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