“The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have [it] abundantly.” John 10:10 ASV
What a discerning piece of scripture. I say this because there is this important thing we call News that reports about all sorts of bad things from the world happening to people. And I mean bad. I don’t even have to go into detail about how bad news is really bad news. Not even scary movies I watched as a child were as morbid as watching CNN, except that nightmare is now real!
But is it really real?
Are we really living in that reality or will we claim the better news for us? Jesus Christ, the mediator between man and God, did not stop at giving us access to life. He said we could have it more abundantly. The word of God discerns the difference between order and disorder, the good news and the bad news. Even in the name of socializing, News is bad news and can be summed up as: The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy. So where will you be dwelling your time in–spreading the bad news or spreading the good news? Do we dwell in the works of adversity or do we dwell on the solution?
Next time someone is small talking about the news says, Can you believe that, remind yourself where this chattering is asking you to travel. When we respond with, I can’t believe, this phrase is a form of speech we use to accept something we hear into existence. We are essentially saying we can believe it! Kind of a paradox isn’t, it?
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 KJV
There is much more joy to experience when our attention gravitates toward that more abundant life which the world will not reveal to us.
Socializing is important and it easy to grab someone’s attention with something shocking to share. So when we stop declaring the interest behind something, people will also steer towards other topics that provide the socializing they are desiring.
Shock is meant to work as a counterfeit joy to jolt one’s spirits just as an upper drug may do to a body. It feels good at the moment, intrigues us, but it is bound to crash and fail.
The only news that always stays fresh, and is never stale, is that God is in Christ and is in us. He works mighty wonders, defies doctor reports, overcomes odds. He turns things back to orderly.
There is lots of news to report, but we can’t depend on our local news anchor to show it unless we show enough interest on, whatsoever things are lovely. It is up to Christian believers to support this type of colloquialism.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 ASV
Like this post? Read a newer post, Dear Christian Conservatives: Don’t Gloat where I talk about the effects that people’s gloating had on the 2016 Presidential elections.