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IF YOU READ THE NEWS, WILL YOU KNOW?

Growing up near Detroit, I was a paperboy for The Detroit News.  Their ad asked, “What in the World’s going on?” …and answered, “If you read the News you know!”  That may have been true back then, but is it true now?

 I remember the advent of 24 hour news on CNN and sitting in Ted Turner’s boardroom at CNN HQ in Atlanta.  CNN was my only link to ‘civilization’ when we lived in Moscow because the KGB signal was so strong that we got free cable the entire time we lived there and it was in English! (Their headquarters was just around the corner)

Today as I listened to the news, I reflected on what makes the news and what they think their audience wants to hear.  Are they really giving us the news?  Do we really know what in the world is going on?  I wonder …

It’s tragic that many souls were lost on flight 370 from someplace in Asia but I wonder how many times we need to hear about the endless search for the plane’s wreckage. Yes, Al Qaeda had a secret meeting somewhere and the US Intelligence Services seemed to have missed a good opportunity to nab those bad guys. The Democrats are trying to change the subject away from Obama Care to women’s rights… the Tea Party is just a bunch of crazies… Russia is invading Ukraine… some nut job killed several people in Kansas City… It’s the anniversary of the bombing at the Boston Marathon… Isis is gaining ground … and on and on …

But is this really the important stuff they should be talking about?  I sincerely doubt it.  We are so lazy, so flooded with dribble that I don’t think any of us really know what in the world’s going on.  Really going on…

The news we need to know is what will affect us most, not just what is interesting but useless information.  The news should be something we didn’t already know but is important to know.

Useful information is information that changes our life or informs us on how to get more out of life.  Useful information is information we can use – that’s why it is called ‘useful.’  Entertainment is something else again.  And I am afraid most of what we get is just to entertain us.  So I propose we change it from the “News” to the “Entertainment.”

By the way, the Gospel means “Good News.” Jesus came, suffered, died, rose again and is coming back!.  The Good News is that we can now live because He took our sins upon Himself and died in our place.  But we need to place our confidence in Him for that transaction to be true for us personally.  That’s what Easter is about and that’s news worth knowing!

“But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8