My daughter and I were having dinner at one of her fave restaurants, and we were talking about blogging, video blogs, social media, etc. She said people want “real”. My kids are super in-tune with the social media world, I on the other hand, am not. So in many ways, I rely on them to keep me informed. Real is trending. Does anyone else find this disturbing? Real is now a trend. But what’s trending today, may not be trending tomorrow. Lord, help us keep “being real” relevant.
I am NOT a political person. Y’all, my criteria for how I decide to vote is rather pathetic. I mean, if I was to say I vote based on how someone dresses, as opposed to checking a box for an all in one “party vote”, does that make my vote count less? Let’s face it, how many of us actually vote based on all political matters? We pick and choose what’s important to us. We are always picking the “lesser of two evils”. I think this is the first time a President has made a decision that directly impacted my life (outside of tax increases, which I just expect from whoever gets into office). The decision is irrelevant, but it now requires that I have to relearn a few things, change my process for completing some tasks at work, and overall, has created more work for several coworkers of mine. And, they do not like it. Me, it doesn’t matter either way. As the President makes changes, regardless of my view, I have to trust decisions are being made for the good of our country. I have to trust in our checks and balances, I have to trust in our government, but most importantly, I have trust God.
One thing I can say I’m more aware of because of the crazy media attention is fake news. I mean, is any news real? Isn’t it all skewed and biased? Is any of it truth based, or is it mostly driven by opinions? Anchors are selected by looks, have you ever wondered why are there no ugly people on the news? Do we not have ugly people in the world? Maybe ugly people don’t want to be news anchors?! Either way, stories are selected based on someone’s opinion, what will get sells: sex, crime, drugs, scandals, and if it’s real, it will be trending. But even if it’s not real, it will still sell. Look at our TV shows, it’s apparent what we like. Me, I am a crime drama junkie. I’m in recovery, but occasionally, I slip. One thing I do not see on TV anymore, real family shows. You know, the ones we use to watch that taught us how to be a family – now our solution is sex, drugs, or murder. None of it’s real, but it’s quickly becoming our reality. We watch as the family unit breaks down, we watch as we become a country, a world, where anything goes, we watch as our lives are filled with darkness and voids, we watch….And we believe it. What you spend your time absorbing, you will believe. Imagine if for just one month all news reported was positive. How do you think it would impact the people, the community, the country, the world?
What if the only news from the White House was reported in a positive manner? What if instead of reporting murder, drugs, robberies, news outlets reported community efforts to clean up neighborhoods, or they reported on the good Samaritians out there, or they reported how churches came together to help a community in need….What if all the news was positive? What if instead of reporting all the negative, they focused solely on the positive? The media has a tremendous influence in our lives, why is it constantly used to fill us with hate, negativity, destruction, violence, and fake news? I’ve mostly turned off media in my life. I want to believe and have hope in what is real, what is truth; I want to believe and hope in the good of people, our country, our world. I’m not naïve to think there will be no bad, ever, but I don’t have to get my fuel from all the negative things on TV and the internet. There are still good people, doing good things, to make this world a little better every day. To be honest, me knowing the mass shootings, the email investigations, the influences from other countries on our government, the flags being burned, the drugs, the murders, y’all, it doesn’t make me sleep any better at night. What makes me sleep better is the Word of God, the Truth, the Good News.
I find my rest and peace in the Lord and the Truth. I try (sometimes I forget) to play the Word at night. Why? Because I believe in the power of the Word. I trust in the protection it offers. I find comfort in Him, not one of the major news outlets. I prefer real truth over fake news, all day, every day. And the best part, you don’t have to be “pretty” to report the Good News. You just have to know the real source, the Truth.
The Bible tells us not to be fake, or to report anything contrary to the Word of God. We are not to bear false witness. We are to witness to the goodness of the Lord, we are to spread Truth. Yet, where is that on prime time? We need to return to the One who created us. We need to meditate on Truth, not whatever television or radio, or worse yet, the internet, wants to feed us. (Sorry, everything on social media is not true…I know it’s shocking folks.) We are called to repent, turn from evil, and not to be drawn into darkness like a moth to a flame.
Lord, my prayer is you would give us a heart of compassion for the poor in spirit. Lord, that you would give us a desire for your Truth. Lord, I pray you draw your people near, speak into our lives and our situations with Truth. Lord, I pray for the Good News to be reported, to echo throughout our nation and our world. Lord, I pray you change our hearts. Lord, use your Word to go forth, to set people free. Lord, may your Truth be what sells, what we crave, instead of the evil things of this world. Lord, lift us up out of the pits of darkness we have put ourselves in. Help us to be real Lord, to be loving, to treat others how we want to be treated, make us quick to forgive, slow to anger, and steadfast in your ways Lord. Father, teach us your ways, make us new in you each step of the way, providing new mercies each morning, and grant us grace that is sufficient for us. You alone, Lord, can save us. Speak Truth. Send Truth. In Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen!
Recommended scripture readings: Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; Romans 12:2; Exodus 20:2; 2 Timothy 2:23-24; James 1:19-21; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5; Matthew 11:28-30; John 16:33; Hebrews 12:4; 1 Peter 3:11; Philippians 4:7; Psalm 29:11; Isaiah 9:6