We live in a world of bad news. Whether it’s natural disasters or homicides, terrorist attacks, rumors of war or terrible cases of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, we’re constantly faced with bad news.
It’s no secret — not even to people who aren’t involved in the media and news publishing industry — that bad news sells faster than good news. ‘If it bleeds, it leads’ is a common line thrown around in the journalism world. And while we all need to be reminded about reality, sometimes being exposed to too much bad news can get pretty overwhelming.
Even as I write this piece, London is reeling from an Islamic jihadist attack in which four people (not including the attacker) were killed and dozens of others were injured. No doubt, hearts are broken, tears are flowing and lives have been shattered into a thousand pieces forever.
I’m a journalist. We break bad news, we cover bad news and we read bad news — pretty much all day long. Our senses are constantly confronted with it. Put simply, we’re immersed totally in it. But, in journalism school, we’re not taught to be prepared for bad news. It’s just part and parcel of the job. Most of us switch off that part of our minds that reacts in a diverse range of emotions to bad news in order to cope with it. We desensitize ourselves to get the job done. If a journalist seems cold, I don’t blame him. Try putting yourself in our shoes for a day.
Of course, not all news is bad, but the great majority of it is. If you ask me, this is a symptom of the fallen world that we live in. Every hurt, pain and sorrow that we see, hear, feel and experience in this life is a direct result of man’s choice to sin.
But thankfully there is good news. And that good news is found in the person of Jesus Christ who came to this fallen world 2,000 + years ago, to take upon himself the sins of each one of us and die on the cross for us so that we, who repent of our sins and accept His free gift of life, might be free from the power of sin.
Christianity is the only religion that offers any future of hope. In fact, it is way more than a religion, it’s about a relationship with a personal and infinite God who loves each one of us. One of my favourite sources of comfort is found in the Bible in the book of Lamentations, chapter 3 and verses 21-23: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
It is because of Him that we know the meaning of real, living, palpable hope — hope that we can have today, tomorrow and every day after no matter what our circumstances. And it is because of Him that we can find healing, peace, joy and comfort even in the darkest of times.
If you haven’t entered into a personal relationship with the one true, living God, then I invite you today to take time to seriously consider where you will spend eternity when you depart this planet that we call home. The time to get right with God and come to Him on His terms is now, not tomorrow or sometime down the track.