At times there is a tendency to think that the news we read is the worst news that has ever been read. The reality is that people have been acting in a way to fill the headlines full of bad news for a very long time. Just think about how many newspapers and TV news shows would be talking about bad news if there was a reporter getting the scoop back in the days of Genesis.
Regardless, I can understand how our modern-day news gets a person down in the head, heart and mouth. Just think about these stories from the last couple of days and the ridiculousness of our post-modern culture:
A mother who kicked, beat her 2-year-old daughter and then glued her hands to the wall is facing a life sentence. The child spent two days in a coma and a week in the hospital because of a potty training accident. One of the mother’s responses to the situation in the beginning: I have no comment and only God can judge me. That’s all I got to say. She’s got one thing right and one thing wrong…that’s what I’ve got to say. Do you think tax payers having to pay more per year than what I make in a year is justice for her behavior? That’ll get you down!
A football player who called out fans who cheered, not when their team scored but when their quarterback was lying on his back motionless, ends up getting called out by other fans, players and media. He says they’re not gladiators. I wonder if his target audience knows this judging by their response. There may not be literal weapons out there on the field like the coliseum sported, but do you think the mentality between the two arenas are very different at times? That could get you down!
I was going to do a couple of more stories, but these two cover the spectrum fairly well.
With the bad news ever bearing down on society it is important to remember the good news that can lift it up. God took bad news such as jealousy, hate, lying, abuse, murder and numerous other sins and turned them into the biggest Good News story ever recorded! His love is alive and warm no matter how many hearts die and grow cold. Thanking Him for His patience with us all is something we take for granted at times and fail to do. I’m glad God’s patience isn’t always dependant upon our response to it.
Here are some scriptures to leave you on an up note:
“But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24 – NKJV)
“even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:5-7 – NKJV)
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12 – NKJV)