I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating.
Lately, it appears that our daily news is consumed with one issue in particular, namely the antics of the President of the United States. Before, during and after the release of the Mueller Report on Russian interference in the US election, it’s hard to switch on a news program without hearing some kind of discussion about it. This can have two results, neither of which is good:
- We become obsessed with the story, ourselves, almost to the exclusion of other events
- We switch off the news altogether.
But when an issue becomes as dominant as this one and others have been, there’s a question we need to ask ourselves and seek an answer:
What are we not hearing about?
There are humanitarian crises around the world, natural disasters that have killed tens of thousands of people and wiped out homes in poor countries, drug addiction, privacy issues brought on by digital media. And what is going on in governments that is not being exposed because people reporting on it are obsessed with this one story?
(In the overall scheme of things, is the Trump Thing really that important? Yeah, I know: threat to democracy, conspiring with a foreign power, subverting the electoral system, yadda-yadda-yadda … but really? In light of real issues of misery and despair, whether Trump is exonerated and canonized or run out of town, tarred and feathered, will one homeless person be housed, will one drug addict be healed, will one depressed person be comforted?)
That’s why it’s important to keep the “end-times checklist” in mind and focus not on what the media say we need to focus on, but obsess on spreading the Gospel – the good news of hope and redemption, as Jesus tells us we must do. We can’t let ourselves be distracted:
“Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
“You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.”— Deuteronomy 5:32-33
Jesus’ commandment to us is simple: love one another; preach the Gospel. And above all, be aware:
Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is.
“And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is.
“Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?”— Luke 12:54-56
Jesus has told us the signs of the season that we’re in today. He’s told us what to do about them. Let that be our obsession.