Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“I can’t decide whether to watch the evening news, and be unable to eat;
or to watch the nightly news, and be unable to sleep.”
The person who said this would have an even bigger problem these days.
Up-to-the-minute 24/7 news keeps us informed of the global turn of events—
events often so discouraging, we begin to wonder how the world even holds together.
Reviewing today’s CNN headlines does little to encourage an optimistic outlook for the future—
ISIS executes Yazidis who refuse to convert, crucifying people and bragging about it online;
Ebola outbreak has killed 961 people, triggering international public health emergency;
St. Louis suburb scene of looting and violence, following shooting of teen by police;
West Bank clashes in Hebron turn deadly, as Mideast spirals in war and terror;
Iraq President appoints new prime minister, complicating power struggle;
Tens of thousands of Yazidis flee trying to escape ISIS in Iraq and Syria;
Iraqi tanks surge toward Baghdad, threatening the U.S. Embassy.
In an effort to end its broadcast on a good note, a major network has a “Making a Difference” segment.
It’s nice to hear about occasional sparks of goodness in a fallen world, gleams of hope in the shadows.
However, when “everything nailed down comes loose,” we ask what in the world will happen next.
Jesus warned of “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6)—as always, it turns out He’s right.
He said “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
Nothing short of Christ’s return can bring peace to this troubled world.
Believe it or not, this dream of universal peace will materialize.
Revelation could be summarized—relax, we’re going to win!
In the midst of all the bad news, here’s some good news that’s a promise we can count on coming true—
“As the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west,
so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:27)
Johnny R. Almond
Christian preacher and writer
Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity
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