Monday, May 24, 2010

The bad news, and the GOOD news...

Perspective arrived in my e-mail this morning from God's World News...

As the school year concludes, crude oil from a shattered wellhead has been polluting the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of people have been protesting--sometimes violently--against Arizona's new law clamping down on illegal immigration, Greece is imploding from decades of socialism, and the U.S. government seems intent on mimicking Greece.

A federal judge in Wisconsin has declared the National Day of Prayer "unconstitutional." Franklin Graham was disinvited to the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer ceremonies because of true statements he made about Islam.

Is all news bad? No, it just seems so. That's because the world is what it is-sinful. Looking back over the school year, here are a few general highlights: Millions of unborn babies were put to death. Children's parents got divorced. Innocent people were put in prison. Guilty people went unpunished. Most schools and most governments ignored God. People lied to each other. Nations violated treaties. Children did not honor and obey their parents. Adults did not honor and obey God. People got drunk or used illegal drugs. People even killed themselves. They figured life was hopeless.

All in all, it was a normal news year. Do you ever wonder how you can "give thanks to the Lord" (Psalm 105:1)?

You probably haven't made the papers. But if you are in Christ, you are a "newspaper"--"a letter from Christ, . . . written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God" (2 Corinthians 3:3). You are a living letter to the sinful world. And everything you do is important to God. It's his world. And on behalf of his people he has conquered sin forever. Life is not hopeless at all. It just looks that way if you watch the world without watching him.

So seek the Lord. "If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you" (2 Chronicles 15:2). Life is not hopeless. You don't have to wring your hands.

"Do not worry about tomorrow" (Matthew 6:34). "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33). "Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; . . . seek his face always" (read Psalm 105).

Are you good news?

-- Norm Bomer

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