And Now, The News

Here in Smalltown, USA…

Our soldiers are fighting two wars, either for ideology, or oil, take your pick. Either way, our men and women are putting their lives on the line. Gas prices are at insane levels (which makes you wonder about the idea that we’re over there for oil, eh?). Inflation is rising. 1 in 8 people in America are living in poverty, without the ablity to obtain the things we take for granted. And do you know what I saw on the tele tonight, classified as “news”?

Anna Nicole Smith.

What has happened to our country? We’re all wired into a world wide web that has us drowning in a puddle. We can access information on anything, have the ability to communicate around the world instantaneously, 999 channels on TV, and all the “News Magazines” have to talk about is a late model’s love-life? Is this for real?

We talk about needing a break from the harsh realities of life…as if that gives us the right to ignore the really harsh realities around us. We act like there’s nothing we can do, and so we do nothing. We’d rather immerse ourselves in frivolity than deal with reality.

And I think we all tend to forget that we’ll be held accountable for how we’ve dealt with the “real” issues. In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about who will, and who won’t, enter His kindom (i.e. Heaven). If you’ve never read the text, check it out: http://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/Mat/Mat025.html
The jist of it is that whatever we’ve done to “the least of these” it’s as though we’ve done it to Christ. And the scary part is that whatever we have NOT done, it’s as though we’ve not done it to Him. How we treat the “least of these” is very important to Christ. Maybe it should be more important to us all?

I stand here convicted, because I’m not doing nearly enough. I pray I will do more. I will do more. I hope you will, too.

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11 thoughts on “And Now, The News

  1. Whew: Scott wanted deeper, he got it.

    Great post little brother: as you know my stance on living in the real world is a tad skewed, but I agree with you 100%: the “news” is nothing but Star magazine on TV.

    I hope I can do more to help my fellow man, and you inspired me a little bit tonight.

    Nicely done berry bush.

  2. i try not to watch the news too much cos I hear it constantly being in my job. there is uproar in my state with the other juvenile justice agency…alot of wrong doing…i knew my job was important(I do quality assurance on juvenile probation depts) but with all this going on…I realize someone has to be Big Brother…cos there are alot of evil people in the world.

    I want to do more….and Mattie..you made me read something I hadnt opened in a long time…thats a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m drowning here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think we can all look around and see that we are so fortunate. May we have eyes to “see” the opportunities to help others and give what we can, be it money, time, a smile, etc.

    Good job, wheat germ.

  4. I was there when they crucified my Lord
    I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword.
    I threw the dice when they pierced his side
    But I’ve seen love conquer the great divide

    All we need is love.

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