I confess; I am a political news junkie. I want to know what is going on, where the horse race is at and what happened. Yet, I have to admit that sometimes the election coverage has me wanting to tune out and say enough. I don’t want to see another Romney or Obama commercial; I could do without Thompson or Baldwin ad. And the news this morning, as I sat down for coffee with my Morning Joe, was about GOP freshman representative jumping in the Sea of Galilee drunk and naked. Good News. The senate candidate from Missouri lets al us women know there is legitimate rape and you body can just discharge a fetus that is from rape. Good News. When I opened my email this morning my Still-Speaking daily devotional had arrived and Kenneth L. Samuel, was having similar thoughts about how much news we receive that is bad. We are bombarded by the bad news of murders, rapes, child abuse, and then in our own lives experience the bad news of illness, death, job insecurity, a car repair, a house repair, problems finding a job, trouble with a spouse, with kids, with in-laws. Good News.
Yet we are supposed to be Good News people. We are supposed to share with a hurting world the Good news.
- Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23
- Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ Mark 1:14-15.
- And he answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. Luke 7:22
As Good news people we have to remember that when we hear the “good news” of the world that we follow a God who shared with us the good news. Love endures through troubles and traumas. Good News. God can use our suffering to bring redemption. Good News. Despite all that may be trying to pull us apart and tear us from each other and God, God continues to gather us in. Good News.