Five Minute Friday: News

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Gentle Reader,

Linking up with the flash writing crew. Kate asks us to dwell on: news.

Go.

The news is tough to handle these days.

Dr. Ben Carson suspends his presidential campaign in the wake of Donald Trump’s “Super Tuesday”wins. Hillary Clinton nabs delegate after delegate despite being the subject of an FBI investigation. Support for Trump grows among racists; twenty percent of his base dislikes the Emancipation Proclamation. Bernie Sanders preaches democratic socialism in a country weighed down with a debt in excess of $19 trillion.

Riots break out in Calais as French authorities attempt to dismantle a refugee camp known as “The Jungle.” North Korea rumbles, threatening nuclear action. Islamic State members riddle the city of Ramadi with booby-traps. The Oscar for Best Documentary Short goes to A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness, a film that highlights “honor killings” in Pakistan. Tensions along the Ukraine/Russian border continue to boil in a war the rest of the world seems to have forgotten.

What is this place? What is the world?

Does sin increase or does it simply become more acceptable? Does the answer even matter? Men and women howl, fueled by the lust and rage to which they give themselves over. The earth seems to convulse in pain and terror.

Where are Christians in all this?

Howling.

All too often, howling.

Right along with the rest of the population.

We have serious repenting to do. Our selfishness, our prejudice, our fear, our pride, our hatred, our lack of thinking and of wisdom. We must fall to our knees, to our faces, in sorrow. In horror over the depth of our sin. Aching, crying, for grace. We who should, who do, know better.

There is no such thing as perfection this side of eternity. Not in people, not in things. But there are such things as right and good. There are things we need to do, people we need to support. The important thing is not that we are on the “winning” side in political contests or wars over territory. We have already won everything that really matters, because Christ has won. We must remember this.

Let us be the people who are moved by the news. Moved not to combat, not to doing things as the world does, but ever-deeper into the arms of Christ. Let us be the people who do not forget that God is sovereign. Let us ask Him to transform our hearts, that the desire for a clear conscience might replace the desire and drive to win at all costs. Let us strive to be servants instead of to dominate others.

Let us be the Gospel people, the people of the Good News.

No matter the headlines.

Stop.

My journey to faith. (15)

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10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: News

  1. Stopping in from FMF 🙂 Thanks for your timely reminder of a different way to respond to the often disheartening news of the world around us. Blessings!

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  2. “We have already won everything that really matters, because Christ has won. We must remember this. … Let us be the Gospel people, the people of the Good News.” Amen, sister. Grateful for your voice in this place. xx

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  3. Excellent post. So much news our heads spin fast trying to even comprehend it all. And our own lives fill with news too..good and bad. It is amazing to think that God sees every detail at all times and holds all things together. That He has never let go of us no matter the bleakness of the “news” or of our own hearts.

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  4. What a heartfelt post, marie!

    Personally, I think the Christians who are howling aren’t Christians. They’re poseurs, looking for salvation-by-chic.

    The real Christians are doing the quiet work they’ve always done, ladling soup or digging wells or putting cold steel to an enemy’s throat.

    Yes, the latter fits, because shepherds protect their flocks. Look at David.

    I’m no good at ladling, don’t like digging…so call me Koevoet, the Crowbar. Others will teach the Good News; I will set a perimeter.

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  5. Yes may we always be gospel people. THIS: “s be the people who are moved by the news. Moved not to combat, not to doing things as the world does, but ever-deeper into the arms of Christ. Let us be the people who do not forget that God is sovereign. Let us ask Him to transform our hearts, that the desire for a clear conscience might replace the desire and drive to win at all costs. Let us strive to be servants instead of to dominate others.” I’m over in the #13 spot this week.

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  6. Marie, the Bible speaks of growing troubles in the world as the time of his return draws nearer. These are called the “birth pangs of Messiah” (Christ):

    You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

    Matthew 24:6-8 (NASB)

    Christians keep wanting Jesus to come to rescue them/us from the problems of this world, but Jesus didn’t say we wouldn’t have problems. We live in a fallen world, and it’s falling further away from God all the time.

    We’ve got to hang on. For in the end…

    But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

    Matthew 24:29-31

    Verses 42-51 of the same chapter in Matthew’s Gospel speak of being ready and alert for Messiah’s return. We are like freedom fighters in a nation occupied by the enemy, awaiting for our King to return with is armies, defeat the enemy and re-establish his reign. We have to keep hanging on and resisting evil for as long as it takes.

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  7. Hi Marie! Yes, may we be moved by the news to continue to do what is right and good, to love God and love others, and to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the hurting and poor. Good words for today, my friend. Bless you!

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