News Commentary: Musing on the life and death of Walter Cronkite


On July 17, 2009 Walter Cronkite shed his mortal coil.  The man once known as the most trusted man in America came to the end of his life.  The question is how did Walter Cronkite become such an influence.  How did he become the most trusted man in America and how did he impact America and the world? 

Walter Cronkite became the voice America turned to for their news.  He came to prominence in the advent and growth of the Television era.  He taught himself to speak slowly so he could be understood clearly and concisely when presenting news on air.  He did not just report the facts but shared his reaction and analysis to those events.  He came off as honest, sincere, and looking out for the best interests of the country.  He was trusted for how he presented the news. 

Walter Cronkite showed that how you present yourself and the facts impacts how others perceive you.  He presented as a straight shooter, concerned with accurate and forthright presentation of the facts.  Yet, he was never shy of voicing his opinion.  His opinion certaninly shaped and registered with many who viewed him nightly.   Yet, what did he really stand for?

An brief examination of what Walter Cronkite advocated and supported shows that he was for a limited global government.  In a speech to the United Nations in 1999 he stated:

We cannot defer this responsibility to posterity. Time will not wait. Democracy, civilization itself, is at stake. Within the next few years we must change the basic structure of our global community from the present anarchic system of war and ever more destructive weaponry to a new system governed by a democratic UN federation…

So, he was an advocate of global peace with the solution being found in global governance by the United Nations and following the structure of the United States.  He saw the only real answer to peace as that being found in the strength of a global government. 

Walter also advocated the view of tolerance among religions and was Charmain of the Interfaith Alliance.  He strongly stood against what he viewed as the intolerance of the religious right and specially mentioned Pat Roberston and James Dobson of people he concerned intolerant extremists.  This organization is truly the fore-runner to Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation, Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan, Karen Armstong’s Charter of Compassion and other entities with ecumenical objectives promoting a morally inclusive view that suggests peace through tolerance of diversity. 

What Walter Cronkite advocated is things that make sense to the world.  A world that is absent recognition of Jesus as Messiah and the source of any true peace.  There is a way that seems right to humanity but is a way that leads to death.   The things advocated by the most trusted man in America have an appearance of wisdom but will fall short.  Rest assured we are rapidly moving toward increased global government.  It is a sure path.  Most of the world will turn to trust these objectives, just as they trusted an advocate of the viewpoint. 

There is another way.  And yes, the way  is considered extereme and intolerant by others.  How can there only be one way to God?  What about people who do right things?  We all share the “divine spark.” We are all God’s children.  These themes will persit.  Yet there is only one way.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He alone should be anyones most trusted.  He alone is worthy of trust.   He alone is the author and perfector of true peace.  His peace is not about the absence of conflict but is about being right before the creator of the universe.  Since we each are selfish and legally at fault, Jesus covered the penalty for all those that will accept his gift.  No matter how right anyone may be.  No matter how concerned with the welfare of humanity one may be, the fact is ultimately it comes down to what we do with Jesus.  Sadly, it seems Walter never fully grasped the reality of Jesus.  Sure, we did good things, and engaged in attending an Episcopal church, yet the reality is salvation and peace is only found in Jesus.  It seems Walter missed that, yet only God truly knows.  Consider today, what will you pursue. The peace of the world with globalization and tolerance and moral inclusivity, or the peace of God found in surrender to Jesus and having the legal penalty of our selfishness paid offering redemtion for all who agree to accept it.   So which path to peace will you choose?

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