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Good Morning May 2

I read a book a while back entitled How The News Makes You Dumb. It’s point was, given the necessity of filling 24 hours a day with some kind of material, there are redundant, and often conflicting reports that lead to more confusion than truth. News pages and air time are also filled with useless, and at times sensational details of people’s lives that we really don’t need to know. In the U.S. we have the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. This is a right to be cherished and guarded. But it also takes a great deal of discernment on our part to filter through what is useful and important, and what is not. This discernment, like everything else in a Christian’s life, is guided by our understanding of God’s Word, and His purpose for mankind. We view the world through God’s truth, and the life we are called to in Jesus Christ. In this way we can skim over 80% of the news presented, and prayerfully take the remainder for whatever understanding or action is needed. I find it helpful to begin with the comics first!! That sets the rest in the proper perspective.

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Good Morning September 27

I usually read the morning paper in the late afternoon. The paper was printed about midnight of the previous day. So, when I read the paper the news is already 24 to 36 hours old. I don’t find this a particular problem. Do I really need to know instantly what is happening in politics, the recent shooting, or the latest Hollywood scandal? I don’t think so. If a storm is coming, I would like to have a quick warning, but beyond that I’m not sure that our insatiable appetite for news needs to be satisfied. The Lord has taught us not to worry or be anxious. There is certainly the need for a prudent understanding of the things of the world, but so much of what we take in robs us of our peace, and detracts from our complete trust in Christ. The world will do what the world will do, and the Lord will ultimately bring all things to their right conclusion. Until then, we are to be at peace, trusting in Christ, and sharing the love He has given us.

Good Morning May 29

I read a book a while back entitled How The News Makes You Dumb. It’s point was, given the necessity of filling 24 hours a day with some kind of material, there are redundant, and often conflicting reports that lead to more confusion than truth. News pages and air time are also filled with useless, and at times sensational details of people’s lives that we really don’t need to know. In the U.S. we have the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. This is a right to be cherished and guarded. But it also takes a great deal of discernment on our part to filter through what is useful and important, and what is not. This discernment, like everything else in a Christian’s life, is guided by our understanding of God’s Word, and His purpose for mankind. We view the world through God’s truth, and the life we are called to in Jesus Christ. In this way we can skim over 80% of the news presented, and prayerfully take the remainder for whatever understanding or action is needed. I find it helpful to begin with the comics first!! That sets the rest in the proper perspective.

Good Morning May 25

When I open up the internet I usually scan the headlines on the home page. I am always struck by how very little of any substance is there. Paul called it having our “ears tickled”. It is either the froth of the entertainment world, or the latest crisis on the European economic scene. To be sure, some things are serious, and will affect our lives, but there is nothing there that will not change by tomorrow or next week, and nothing that we can do anything about by our worry. The Psalmists says, “Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all you who live in this world, both low and high, rich and poor alike: My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.” (49:1-3) It is only God’s Word that puts all things in their right perspective. It is only God’s Word that gives wisdom and strength for the needs of each day. It is a only God’s Word that shows us the path to salvation. And it is only God’s Word that give us hope for the future. Far better than any news agency can provide.

Good Morning October 21

When one reads the newspapers or listens to news commentators speaking authoritatively, the message is quite confused. Whether the topic is the economy, the political scene, or international events, all that is said today will change by next week, if not sooner. Two reports will have conflicting opinions on the same issue. We sit in the middle of it all trying to make some sense out of the senseless. I may be a bit cynical in all this, but I think the Lord sees us as a bunch of children running to and fro, trying to act important, but having no real idea of where we are going. The times are not dissimilar to those to which the Prophet Micah spoke about 700 BC in the southern Kingdom of Judah. Much turmoil and confusion reigned there as well. Toward the end of his prophecy he makes the statement. “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”(6:8) Let the confusion of our days not disturb us, but seek to walk as our Lord instructed.