Watch the news, but keep it in perspective

I tend to be a news junkie (that’s what living overseas as a missionary for a long time will do to you). But something very interesting happened in December.

Due to an unusually busy schedule, I did not watch any news broadcast for two weeks.

When I decided to make the time to watch a few minutes of CNN and FOX News just to catch up, much to my astonishment, it was as if I had only been away from their programs for a commercial break. They were saying the exact same thing they were saying two weeks prior.

I thought to myself, “Wow. Think of all the time I have saved over the last two weeks!”

Some of you don’t watch any news. You probably should. Some of you watch news constantly. You definitely shouldn’t.

Yes, the world continues its ever-accelerating downward spiral into irrationality, immorality and insanity. Our world is truly descending into chaos.

‘Fix our eyes on Jesus’

But we as Christians have been told in God’s word that all these things will take place. And we have been instructed to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith — Hebrews 12:2.

The greatest way we can be faithful to stay with God during these tumultuous days is to stay in His word and stay with His people.

Hebrews 10:25 says we are to gather together all the more as we see the day drawing near.

Let me encourage you to reduce your media intake and increase your Scripture intake. Read the Bible and devotionals together as a family.

Spend time together in prayer asking God to bring His kingdom to pass. Grow to anxiously await His soon return.

See 2 Timothy 4:8 — “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Also see the parable of the 10 bridesmaids in Matthew 25.

Share the greatest news

Are your eyes fixed on Christ — or are they on the world?

Are you deeply connected with God’s people — or are you wandering away from the flock?

Are you longing for Christ’s coming — or are you indifferent to His return?

We have the greatest news in the world. May we learn what it is, love it, live it and celebrate it together.

Pastor Andrew Coleman
Sheridan Hills Baptist Church
Hollywood, Fla.

 

Editor’s Note — The Colemans served as Southern Baptist missionaries for 10 years prior to returning to his home church as pastor.

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