This weekend we moved Anson into his new life at Indiana University. Although there were signs of another suite mate when we walked into the apartment, it was all dark and quiet, so we chattered and clanked at will, moving his pile of boxes into his new residence.
Suddenly, the door across the hall opened and a sleepy head poked out to see what in the world was happening. Anson’s new suite mate, an international student from Pakistan, had stayed all by himself in that dank dungeon–I mean dorm apartment–for 10 days, so he seemed pretty happy to get a dinner invitation.
Later that evening when we had conversed awhile and gotten comfortable over some yummy food, I broached the subject of how Americans are perceived in Pakistan. He explained that most Pakistanis don’t appreciate governmental high-handedness, but Pakistanis in general have a favorable view of Americans. “Our media is always negative,” he reported. “No matter how many good things go on, like students receiving world-record breaking scores, the media only reports on those things for a minute. Then it’s back to negative news.” Sounds familiar, right? Yep. We’re more alike than different.
All around the world the bad news has swallowed up the good news, and it feels like the bad guys are winning.
Hamas bombs in Israel.
ISIS killing Christians in Iraq.
War in Syria.
Ebola in Liberia.
Rebels shooting down planes of innocents in Ukraine.
Riots in Missouri.
The list goes on and on. It really does seem like the bad news is swallowing the good news. But just a reminder…
The bad news can never swallow up The Good News. (Click here to tweet this)
I can fall into the hole too, feeling like throwing up my hands, but we each need to remember that God is still sovereign and very much in control. Christians shouldn’t let The Good News be swallowed by all the bad news surrounding us.
Christians need to…
Bring light into the darkness.
Carry hope to the hopeless.
Take healing in all its forms to the sick.
Feed the hungry in body and spirit.
Lavish love on the lonely.
Speak to our souls and tell them to “Bless the Lord!”
I don’t want to fall into the same negativism that frustrates me so, but I get a little tired of hearing so much gloom and doom from the Christian community.
Our government can’t and won’t save us, and it won’t destroy us either. God has numbered our days.
Our culture can only affect us to the level that we allow. The people around us are spiritually lost. They literally can’t clean themselves up.
Spiritual warfare is real, but Satan isn’t winning. He’s a bad guy, but we serve the King of Kings. Let’s make sure we confess Jesus as Jehovah Nissi, our banner, rather than flying the flag of Satan’s wins in some skirmishes.
Please hear me. I’m not talking about sticking our heads in the sand. I’m talking about looking at all our bad news full in the face and still declaring, “My God is bigger!”
I’m talking about being informed without sinking into the mire of circumstance and bringing educated, thoughtful, godly solutions to the table.
I’m talking about acknowledging that Satan is alive, well and at work while unflinchingly standing on the truth that our God REIGNS.
I’m talking about living out what Shelley Giglio expressed so eloquently, “You can be moved to tears and not be moved to action. Let what moves your heart activate your hands.”
Let’s conquer the bad news with some Good News. How have you seen God at work recently? Also, if you’re involved in a work that’s turning bad news into Good News, help us know how to activate our hands.