What happens when the news disciples us?
If Christians spend exponentially more hours per week devoting ourselves to Fox News (or some other source) than we do in gathered worship, to fellowship with other believers, time in the Scriptures, and prayer, then we shouldn’t be surprised if…
- We become known for our crotchety, grumpy, bitter, tribalistic attitudes which naively long the “good old days” more than we are known for our joy in God, our trust in Him, and our love for Christ and our neighbor.
- We pay lip service to the goodness and sovereignty of God over all things when in reality, we’re disgruntled that we as individuals and the church as a whole are not living our “best life now.”
- We find ourselves setting our affections on things below where “moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19) instead of storing our treasures in heaven.
As good as it is to know what’s happening in the kingdoms of the world it’s much better - and far more important - to know our resurrected, ascended, exalted, interceding, and reigning King of kings is at work for good through the power of his word and in the lives of his people.
Yes, we should fight for justice, be angry at wickedness and let that anger propel us to active pursuit of all that is good, right, and true. But in doing so, let’s give up anxiety about the brokenness and decay around us and live by faith in the One the one rules and reigns over everything, entrusting our lives, the church, and the world to him. And let’s believe his promise that when we do so “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).