How to Look at the News When You Don’t Want To Anymore
Less-than-presidential presidential debates. A teen shooting children. A train crash. A bank under investigation. Are you hyperventilating yet?
I avoid the news. I just can’t take the onslaught of doom. Rarely are the good things reported, and it begins to feel like the world is falling apart faster than ever before. We can instantaneously know what’s happening anywhere in the world with the high tech machine we carelessly carry in our pockets. Inundated with ugly news, our prospects for a future look bad.
But here comes the hope: “Jesus came to seek and save the lost.”
Discordant after all the panic above because it’s not how the news is portrayed. But as Christians, it is the filter through which we should view all things. It is our hope.
So look at it again: “Jesus came to seek and save the lost.”
Again: “Jesus came to seek and save the lost.”
Are you getting it yet? “Jesus came to seek and save the lost.”
I forget. We humans are lost. We are cheats and liars who climb trees just to catch a glimpse of the big whig walking by.
Jesus sees us up in those trees. He stops and talks to us. Tells us to come down and to let him come to our house. Others shake their heads because Jesus is so foolish as to hang out with sinners. Then he says it, “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19).
It’s why he walked this earth. It’s why he avoided the uber prideful religious ones. It’s why he hung out with the sinners. It’s why we walk this earth now as his followers. We too are to seek and save the lost. What a gift we could be if we would follow in His steps.
The news? It’s full of lost. But with each headline, we know Jesus came to seek and save the lost. There is no headline God hasn’t seen and no headline we can’t pray through.
We aren’t lost, and we don’t need to despair. We know Hope.