I will admit up front that I am not that big of a news junkie but from a far it seems like the new “shark bite” story is the continuing shock of the failing economy. What I have heard and actually paid attention to has all been negative. Continued conversation regarding bail-outs, unethical hedge fund managers that need to go to jail, and job loss all fuel the blood in the water effect of our news.

I was reading this morning from Nahum. In chapter 1 verse 15 the author writes “Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace.” Granted this is an ancient message for an enslaved people who were looking for deliverance but are we any better than Israel and Judah of the past? Think about the things we let ourselves become enslaved to. Debt, possessions, chemicals, relationships, power, money, job…shall I continue on? We can easily lose our self, our soul, and our life to anyone or all of these things and then listen to the news. I haven’t read this any where but I wonder if the number of prescriptions for anti-depressants has dramatically increased this year? I can’t imagine that it hasn’t because so many people have so much to be depressed about! Or do they?

“Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news!” I think that because of what is going on around us we have lost the ability to be perceptive and to look over the mountains. We are blinded by what is in front of us, captivated by the horrific scenes and news to the point that we have no peripheral view. Maybe part of the reason is that we are not spending time expanding our vision by reading God’s words. One of the New Testament writers stated eloquently that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to stop watching the news. Actually what I would propose is that we each consider balancing the places that influence our perception on the world. Strike a balance between what you hear and read regarding current events with what you read about God whose plan was, is and always will be salvation. Maybe we could each expand our vision to see over the mountains looking to the messenger with good news that brings peace!

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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