What the world needs is a little Good News

We live in a world inundated with all kinds of news.  Murders, child abductions, battles over sex education in the classrooms of our elementary children, wars in Europe and the middle east, our country’s young men and women killed while serving in our military, racial conflict and the list goes on.  There was a day not too long ago when there was no news.  One evening in 1930, the BBC News reported there was nothing to report – at least nothing that hit the station’s desk.  When it came time for the regular 15 minute radio news bulletin at 8:45 p.m., the broadcast was very short:  The announcer simply said, “There is no news.”  The remainder of the 15 minutes was filled with piano music before the station returned to what was playing before, a live concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Queen’s Hall in London.
We sometimes wish could experience a few of those “no news” days.  But the fact is:  God put you and I in this moment of time.  A time when the clatter of the world is loud and fast, emotions are heated, record setting inflation and the world seems to be crumbling around us.  As Christians, the immediate impulse is to withdraw.  Find a safe place where no one sees us.  Be tolerant.  Don’t be too assertive, we might get someone’s attention and who knows what might happen.  Conditions were similar during the days of Esther and Mordecai.  Their world was falling apart; government sponsored genocide of the Jews was on their door step.  The apparent last shred of hope required Esther to break the rules by making a plea to the king.  Esther is reluctant.  Mordecai spoke these words;
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.  And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:12-14
Like it or not, God selected you and I to live in this county, this state and country, at this time.  God gave you and I the answers to the questions this world is asking – the Good News.  Love as opposed to Hate.  Light as opposed to Darkness.  Faith as opposed to Fear.  He gave you and I special and unique talents – and yes, that includes you.  You don’t have to take my word for it either because the world’s bestselling book clearly spells it out.  The Bible-Romans 12:6; Philippians 4:13.  And He did not stop there.  He appointed you and I an Ambassador for Christ.  Yes, you are on the payroll but as ambassadors, he gave us a responsibility – to present an appeal on behalf of the master of the universe to the people in our world to “Be reconciled to God”.  2 Cor 5:19-20  Have you shared that news recently?
There is definitely a lot of news today. Let’s make sure that as joint ambassadors for Christ, you and I add to the news our world hears - the Good News.  The Good News can change the news – but we have to share it. Who’s your 1?


Don Ward - February 3rd, 2024 at 5:49pm

Well said, David.

Donna Lightfoot - February 4th, 2024 at 8:41am

David, we want you to know how much we appreciate the time that you spend being one of our shepherds. I know that we have no idea of the many hours you put in our of love for us. We love you for this selfless act.