Aug. 15, 2016

The Battle

Our society’s love-hate relationship with the media is somewhat entertaining. I stand amazed at the number of us who rant about the media, but we just keep on watching.

I am unwilling to allow the media via television news, cable news, or social media dictate my beliefs or my feelings. I suspect every side seeks to promote their own agenda while brainwashing people into thinking the world is against them. We are not one another’s enemies. I refuse to allow any newscaster to try and convince me that my fight is with my fellow citizens. Plain and simple, our battle is strictly and strongly spiritual.

I do not think Christianity has captured the market on feeling discriminated against, but I do believe we are not accustomed to living in a society where Christianity seems to be failing. The issue of whether faith fails or not is certainly not Christianity’s fault. It is, however, the responsibility of Christians to be effective in their immediate circle of influence. Instead of trying to save the world, might I suggest we try to influence it instead?

Depression is prevalent in our communities. Yet, televisions take over the home and social media interrupts our relationships. Fresh air and loving conversations go a long way in healing the mind, spirit and soul. The willingness to look at an issue from an opposing view is healthy and wise. The danger of a know-it-all-attitude is especially dangerous as we attempt to relay Christ’s message of hope.

As a Christian, I should be growing. I must stand firm in my relationship with Christ while spreading my wings in the world around me. My faith will never reach the world if I stay behind closed doors, safely tucked away in my home, paralyzed on my couch or in front of my computer. Anger and fear destroys us. Faith, hope and love heals us. The greatest of these is love.

Let’s do an experiment. Let’s watch the news once a day and spend the remainder of our time with our family, reading a good book,  taking a walk, or engaging in stimulating conversation that forces us to listen to others and think for ourselves.

Our world will not hear that Christ died for us on the nightly news. Our impact on the world will improve once we share the impact He has made on our individual lives. My plan is to stop fighting the world and to start yielding to His will.

“For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12