By Derek Elles
News as a Christian
Watching and listening to the news can be difficult and depressing. We constantly hear of shootings, riots, murder, rape, cancellations of people and companies, and the list goes on. All the violence and hatred can, and has, stirred up emotions in people which at times results in them acting out in similar ways; against others or even themselves.
Where is all of the good stuff; or does it not exist? Should we just stop watching and listening to the news? After all, it seems that it has become more about propaganda and agenda than actual journalism. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer and it is somewhat of a necessary evil per se. We should want to stay informed about things going on around us, in our cities, our country, and the world. Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us “15 So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
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How do we do this without being overly affected in a negative way causing us to have evil thoughts and act out? As Christians, we have guidance found in the Bible. The New Testament gives us examples and instructions on how we are to act in our everyday lives. If we know how to behave, then we should be able to view and listen to the news through the filters of the Bible.
I would argue that the most important biblical attribute we must employ to help us here is found in James 1:19, “You know this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Now everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” We see how not doing this has caused so much adversity and division when the media reports without knowing the facts. This has just happened recently with the shootings in Georgia and Colorado when the only information known was the color of the suspects and the race of the majority of victims; no investigation was conducted before reporting.
As Christians, we must slow down enough to come before the Lord for guidance. In that time, we can gain control of our anger and we should have more information as well. Proverbs is full of advice on living a Christian life and Psalms can be consulted for the same as well as finding peace and calm.
Of course, this is not an easy task, but over time it becomes natural and easier. It should be obvious, and is stated in the Bible, that we cannot do this alone. We need Christ in this and in all things, and the only way to succeed is to stay in the Word, in Him.
There are too many passages to list here, and of course, I will always recommend reading the entire Bible, but Romans 12 is a great read in this area as well as Colossians, James, and Ephesians.
Until next week. Blessings in Yahweh’s grace, mercy, and peace.
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