Monday, November 09, 2009
Bad News, Good News
Curmudgeon alert (me, not Shaw)...
George Bernard Shaw, neither a theologian nor even a Christian, nevertheless made a perceptive point when he once wrote the following:
"Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization."
You've noticed, haven't you, that the audiences of media loves bad news? Well, they hate it. But they love it. Like the old Listerine commercial, where you hate it twice a day. Can't get enough bad news, it seems.
And if there isn't enough REALLY bad news today, they will inflate the PRETTY bad news to REALLY bad. And if there isn't even much PRETTY bad news today, they will imagine how bad it COULD be, and wouldn't THAT be dreadful if it came to pass!
And rather quietly (for now), in comes Jesus Christ, with the Good News that God has come to Earth as Man, and died for our sins, and was buried and rose again from the dead, and is alive now, saying, "Come to Me and I will give you rest."
And if anyone will come to Him, if anyone will believe in Him, they can not only have a new life now, forgiven of their sins, but eternity in the loving presence of the loving Lord of the Universe. They can have HIM!
Purpose...and Passion...and Promise.
That really is Good News. Worth meditating on for a lifetime and after. Worth seeking until it's found.
But, "No," say billions. "I'd rather watch the bad news, thank you. Did you see what happened TODAY?!"
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. -- Philippians 4:8