My wife and I don’t subscribe to the local newspaper. Or to any newspaper, for that matter. Although Fox News is one of the default windows on each of our computers and I check it several times daily–as well as receiving breaking news in email–I tend to agree with something Paul Simon said a number of years back: “I get all the news I need from the weather report.”
Why do I feel that way? Am I unconcerned about the world around me? Am I so immersed in thoughts of eternity in Heaven that I want to ignore what’s going on here on earth?
I don’t think so. Over the last three or four years, I’ve begun paying more attention both to politics and to events around the world than ever before.
But it’s so depressing. The names and places may change, but the evil taking place worldwide sounds the same as always. The Bible says, “There’s nothing new under the sun,” and I think that applies to the depravity of humankind as well as to numerous other things.
Jesus preached a gospel of love–love for God and for one’s fellowman. But the news makes me believe that the world in general hasn’t become one bit more civilized than it was in Jesus’ day.
I don’t recall many of the conversations I had with my mother, but this one stands out. I was probably an upper teen when I said, “Why do people even have children nowadays with so much evil in the world?”
Her response was something like “Don’t you trust that everything is still in God’s hands?”
That’s been what’s kept me from turning into a total pessimist.
Back in the days when folk music was popular (1960s, as I recall), I played a lot of it, including what were called “Negro spirituals.” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” was one of my favorites, and it sums up what Christians ought to remind themselves of when they start feeling pessimistic about the state of the world.
And this verse from Philippians 4 in the Bible says it all: “Do not worry about anything. Pray instead about everything and don’t forget to thank God for His answers.” I don’t think God would object if we substitute the word “fret” for “worry” when the state of the world starts getting to us.
Does God have YOUR world in His hands? How about sharing with a comment?
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