The message that God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. Acts 10:36 NIV
The older gentleman observed, “Nothing in the news but the blues.”
Years ago, as I traveled in the Bahamas, I met an older gentleman listening to a depressing newscast on ZNS (the Nassau radio station). Hearing the above statement, I smiled at the poetry of it, but the statement has also become a slogan of today’s reality. There isn’t much about news that is good.
As Christians, we use the term “good news” differently than our culture. Our good
news—the gospel—is that God in His great mercy chose not to doom us to our own
bad choices. Instead, He rescued us by sending His spotless Son to make the
ultimate advance payment so that we could live with Him forever.
As correspondents of the Kingdom, we are instructed to share this good news of Jesus with the hopeless, helpless, and defeated. Our personal media resource material (the Bible) records beautiful feature stories to show how God’s plan works: the headline accounts of Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Ruth, the woman at the well, the good Samaritan, and the Great Reporter, Jesus Himself.
Seeing glimmers of the good news creeping into today’s media reports is heartwarming. Stories of compassion by policemen taking the knee in prayer with peaceful protestors, a man offering his townhome as shelter to people caught in street rioting, hospital workers serving selfishly through exhaustion and deprivation—kindness and light in the face of darkness. These are the good news stories God wants us to show and tell.
As participants in God’s Kingdom, we can demonstrate random acts of kindness amid chaos. We can also inspire others to go out and do more of the same. After all, who doesn’t want to see pretty feet heading their way with a joyful report?
Think of someone in your sphere of influence who needs to hear some good news rather than the blues.
Sara Lewis has responded to God’s calling to pray and to write in several ways. She has written two books: Walking on the Waterways: Parables from Sailing and Called to Pray: An Intercessor’s Toolkit. She has been active in forming two email groups of intercessors, The CORD (Chain of Redeemed Daughters) and the WatchWomen on the Wall. After retiring as a community college English instructor, she and her husband, Monty, began living their dream of winter cruising in the Bahamas, eventually publishing the Explorer Chartbook series of navigational charts and cruising guides. They spend the rest of their time at their home in Ocean City, Maryland.
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