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Tired of the News?

I can get so worked up about everything that’s happening in the world today. At times I still shake my head in wonder at how much change can happen in such a short amount of time.

Everyone homeschooling.

Social Distancing.

Elderly lockdowns.

Masks in public becoming mandatory.

The media trying to divide people more, and more, and MORE.

I had to shake my head yesterday when I watched a reporter try to get my Prime Minister to shame the President of the USA.

Seriously… why?!? Why is there a need for us to go searching for more reasons for offence? Aren’t people angry enough?

Isn’t it enough?

Sometimes I wish the news would be shut down. Just for a week. Watch people snap out of their obsession with current events and open their eyes to the events happening all around them. Wouldn’t that be a healthier way to live? We can’t help what’s happening in the world. We CAN help what’s going on around our homes and in our own neighbourhoods.

I can get angry at current events too.

Like the foolish doctor who lied and traveled without quarantining, resulting in a small outbreak amoung his patients… and then had the audacity to play the race card when people were upset.

Let me tell you, I didn’t know he wasn’t white and I was upset at him for being careless!

Don’t play the race card. Just don’t.

Prejudice is a real issue, racism is a REAL issue. But don’t do something careless and harmful and then blame it on your color of skin when people get rightly upset. That just makes a mockery of the actual racism going on around us every single day.

I’m also upset at the media.

Is COVID-19 a serious issue and social distancing a must? Or not? I’m tired of the double standards. Like why is this condemned:

And this not?

Why do we fine people for gathering in joy and support people for gathering in anger? (I’m not at ALL saying the people shouldn’t be upset at what happened… my point is rather that “social distancing” has been so strictly enforced that people coming too close to each other have been fined… but suddenly it doesn’t matter anymore?)

It’s a backwards world.

This morning, God reminded me of a scripture, which gentle rebuked my “News obsession” these past few weeks:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …So don’t worry saying, what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what shall we wear? For the pagans run after these things and your heavenly father knows your needs. But seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 7:25-33

And I realized, all this worry can accomplish nothing in my life.

Nothing!

And yet we are so filled with worry and stress, with helplessness and fear. But if God cares for the creatures – and nature itself – won’t he care much, MUCH more for his own children?

He knows our needs! Our job is to put aside worry and seek him first. As we seek his will for our lives and commit to living a righteous life before him, he will give us our needs. Seeking God and living righteously are in our control. Changing the world is not.

We all know that things aren’t what they seem. The messages we are getting from both sides of the media don’t add up. It doesn’t make sense how the “online commenting mob” condemns churches peacefully gathering and adhering to the guidelines, while thousands who are burning, looting and destroying are shown understanding and grace.

It doesn’t add up! And although asking questions is so important, what isn’t important is getting involved in conspiracy theory’s and comment wars while neglecting to take care of those around you.

What can we do? We all fear these events which are out of our control! We fear the world that is rapidly changing into a hate filled, rage full place where hugs and worship are banned, but hate is glorified.

Scripture says: “Can any of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life?”

No.

God is saying, “Do these thoughts, these worries change your situation? Then lay these worries down. I know the truth, I AM the truth. Seek me first, my kingdom and righteousness and I will care for your needs! In this world you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world. You are not of this kingdom. Do not let your trust lie with the world’s government or healthcare system. Your trust is misplaced if you depend on the justice system or media for true justice.”

God is the ONLY just Judge.

May our prayer be, “Come Lord Jesus. Come and make everything right again. We wait for you. Creation groans for your return. We trust in you. Give us the right perspective for this season, and may we not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

18 thoughts on “Tired of the News?

    1. By the way, when I take breaks from it I feel so much better. Today my mom ended up in the ER and suddenly all that drama from the world didn’t matter at all. It faded away until I knew my Mom was okay and when I did…I didn’t even care to know about the negativity of the news anymore.

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      1. That’s interesting isn’t it? It’s like our bored minds are fascinated by conflict (even if we have nothing to do with it), but when our own world is touched by tragedy suddenly it stops turning. And all we care about is what is REAL.

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    2. I know! It’s so hard. I found that the past two mornings what has helped me is picking up my bible BEFORE checking my phone and doing my devos with no phone around! After weeks and weeks of dry devotions, I finally felt that I could hear God speaking to me again and that I didn’t have the obsession with “knowing” what was going on in the world as I trusted that he has it under his control!!

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  1. I was reading an interesting article as I thought the same things you have written about and one thing it said was that the media survives through crisis and that politicians do as well. It’s how they control the people. This section from it struck me:

    “The news media and the government are entwined in a vicious circle of mutual manipulation, mythmaking, and self-interest. Journalists need crises to dramatize news, and government officials need to appear to be responding to crises. Too often, the crises are not really crises but joint fabrications. The two institutions have become so ensnared in a symbiotic web of lies that the news media are unable to tell the public what is true and the government is unable to govern effectively. “

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  2. Yes, yes, yes! 👏👏👏 I had a good few days back on social media, and now I’m back off for a while. I’ve said my peace in love, and now I just need to step away. Part of me still feels the urge to log on, but my family takes priority right now, and my own health!

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  3. Yes to everything you said! I’ve pondered much of the same!
    And I agree, if we could focus on being a light in our own circles – instead of freaking out about things we can’t control – we’d be better off. The media is out of control!
    I decided to get off of Facebook over the weekend, and now I only go on once a day. And I don’t read the news updates except for once as well, because it was anger and chaos overload.

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  4. Honestly, there’s so much going on that I just don’t watch any news, I don’t read the blogs about covid or blacklivesmatter (I’m only reading yours because I’ve come to appreciate your honesty) – not because I don’t care, but because I don’t think I can handle any more right now without sliding back into the depression I’ve been climbing out of for the past 3 years.

    It’s all too much! I’m beginning to feel myself go numb…

    The world is insane! I have to keep reminding myself:

    This is not my home. This is not my home. I forgot for a while, I got comfy in my lifestyle, I envisioned a paradise-like life on earth. I forgot: This is not my home.

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    1. Very wise to avoid the news, especially when it affects your mental health. I think often, following the news too closely gets us into a pattern of LOOKING for ways to get upset, when really, do we need more problems than those that surround our everyday lives???

      I got into the news a lot when COVID-19 started because rules were changing all the time. As soon as I started backing off on the news, the BLM protests started and since my church devoted a prayer time to it, I started looking into that as well. And I got to say, while I very much support standing up for Black lives, I am not impressed with a lot of the hate behind the movement. But that’s another post in and of itself. What matters, as always, is that we change what we can: OURSELVES. And I think the world needs a wake up call… arguing on Internet forums isn’t making change happen!! Lol! What changes the world are people who’ve learned to listen to and love others.

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