Remember when the National Enquirer newspaper was the only source for outrageous and obviously incorrect news reporting? The latest presidential election brought that to a head where the national media now is no better than the National Enquirer.
No this is not a political post. It’s a statement about the condition of our country. Social media has turned everyone into an expert in handicapping and mentoring everyone from the Pope to Peyton Manning. The sad truth is we all have an opinion, and we all are expert in expressing our own opinion. It’s just that we have forgotten how to respect and listen to somebody else’s opinion. The sea change in our political landscape has brought forth a sea change in the tenor and volume being posted across all of social media.
Let’s look at 2 Timothy 3:1-9 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Are we listening to men of depraved minds? Are we giving our attention to those who are boastful, proud, abusive and ungrateful? Do we feel a sense of pride when we can say we are better people than them? Maybe.
We are in a time of great turmoil. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just recently moved the Doomsday clock forward by 30 seconds. We are now 2 ½ minutes to midnight, signifying the greatest threat to humankind since the depth of the Cold War. Is it because of the “Axis of Evil?” or is it because of the evil of man? With this time of distraction, fake news, threats of violence, and political vitriol, maybe it’s time to take a step back.
If you want to make the world a better place, make your home a better place first. Do you love your spouse? Have you told them? What have you done with your children lately? Have you spent any deep time of prayer? Let’s take a moment and thank our Father in Heaven for this day. Thank him for the extra day we got to spend with our family. Thank him for the extra day we got to see a sunrise, pet a dog, eat a good meal, love a child. There are so many countless things to be thankful for that if we spent time concentrating on thankfulness, the distractions seem to fade away, like so many ripples in a pond.
Heavenly Father, thank you. Thank you for everything in my life. Thank you for a family that both loves me and puts up with me. Thank you for a job that puts food on the table and pays the mortgage. Thank you for friends who enrich my life. Help me to see your hand in every little thing. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.