Archive for September, 2010

Hey, What’s News?

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a ton about what’s going on in the world today.  I do NOT watch the news.  or the president.  or any news related shows.   I read the newspaper on a rare occasion, and then I usually regret that I did.  Most of my news comes from facebook and Twitter.   I probably should be ashamed to admit that.   But what is news really? Especially in this day of the internet and social media, “news” spreads faster than wildfire in tidbits, tweets, links, and soundbites…how can it possibly maintain full integrity!?

News can be true, based on truth and mostly true, or just false.  I think that’s why I choose to avoid news programs…because news can be twisted or manipulated to fit into a story or slant, and I just don’t know what to believe.   I’m not typically a skeptical person, either…so I don’t know where this comes from.   I feel the same way about history—it’s told by PEOPLE who are PEOPLE–with flaws and biases.    Can we ever hear news or history in it’s truest form, or is it always an interpretation by the teller?   I always tell my kids to consider that when they are reading and studying history in school…I’m sure their teachers would love that idea.

Anyway…I was thinking about all of the recent natural disasters and tragedies and depravity that so many say point to the fact that we are living in the “end times”.   Is it really worse than it’s ever been?  Or do we just hear about it and SEE pictures and video of disaster in a more dramatic way than ever before?   I hear stories about the “perverse” things that man is doing today (2 Tim 3 describes what people will be like in the “last days”) and think back to bible stories in the Old and New Testament  of what people were like thousands of years ago.    In Genesis, God wiped out everyone but Noah and his family because the people had become so corrupt.  and then what about the Romans that Paul was talking about in Romans 1:18-32?  Are we really that much worse NOW?

Honestly, I don’t know the answers.  Either way, I’m ready. If Christ comes back today, I’m ready.  If He tarries, I’m ready to continue worshiping Him alone and encouraging others into a deeper, authentic relationship with God.   Whatever it takes.

What do you think?  Are we living in the end times the bible talks about?  Do you think about it?  Does it affect the way you live today?