Worthy News in an Unsettled World

Worthy News in an Unsettled World

I review the news headlines and proofread a few stories periodically. I usually include at least three sources, and specifically go outside sites that give you news that gets “doctored” by what I click on. Bias is in full swing on most sites, so it is honestly hard to get a good slice of what is happening. But, when I back up and look at the overall news and couple it with personal observations of people, a few things stick out:

  1. The world is unsettled. That is not a surprise from a biblical world view, because things are coming to a close. It may not be tomorrow or even this decade or century, but it is coming. And there are descriptions of it in a couple places (Matthew 24, Romans 1, and 2 Peter 3, for instance). The world, apart from God, has reason to be unsettled.
  2. There is an increase in fear. The Pandemic highlighted the level of fear in people, but today it is global warming, or the next big asteroid, or the next pandemic. Fears are understandable from the Bible. Fear of death is at the end of a long list of fears, especially if someone thinks their life will get shortened.
  3. There is an increase in lying, which covers distortion of truth, strong bias, exaggeration, and outright lying. The headlines and first paragraphs of many news articles capture this, but so do many politicians and special interest groups. When coupled with fear, it is no wonder that young people ask us what is true, because what they hear or read or see on media forms a grim picture. Then they form opinions based on those sources. All of this is very challenging to their mindset. We have talked to many who do not seem to have any hope.

There is worthy news, and it is from a biblical world view. Some examples follow, relative to the same numbered items above:

  1. God is settled. The Creator and Sustainer of the Universe is Jesus Christ (read the first words of both John 1 and Hebrews 1). He provides a way for the heart to be settled if we turn from our ways and choose to want Him above all else. The direct result, regardless of circumstance, is that He brings hope and peace to the unsettled heart. This does not correct the broken world. He chooses to correct things one person at a time, and He has lots of room for more. He knows the world is separated from Him due to sin. That is why Christ made provision for us to find refuge in Him.
  2. He not only decreases fear, but He removes the fear of death. That puts other things in perspective and can enable us to try to solve problems with His help. Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind. Then we can pursue whatever course is available to us to gain skills, get through terrible circumstances, or simply hold steady when everything else seems to be falling apart. It is because the finish line is ultimately to be with Him, so living in the present and broken world has a worthwhile purpose if we walk in His path. He knows a lot about how to live right and provides much guidance about it.
  3. God cannot lie. His Word does not lie. Then what He says about man’s plight, who is separated from Him due to sin, is absolutely true. So, when He cries out, “Come to me all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…”, He means exactly what He says. His promise is not empty. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Besides all this, continued discoveries in the complexities of living things, the earth, and the heavens continue to unfold. The detail emerging makes the idea, which is taught as fact, that everything came about by itself, absolutely absurd.

The world certainly has serious problems, but we tell young people all the time to learn and discover while knowing Him. Live according to His ways. Discover solutions to problems and be a part of those solutions. Have proper friendship relationships while single, look forward to the possibility of biblical marriage, and one day teach your children what you have discovered about God and living in this present world with Him.

The good news of Christ, according to the Bible, is not complicated. If you reach out and find Him, it is achievable to walk through life with Him. This is why one of His names is “Immanuel” or “God with us”(Matthew1:23).



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