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Jul 14, 2019

Not the 10 O’clock News!!

I don’t know about you but it seems that every time I turn on the news, whether on television or the radio, I’m bombarded by news that would be better described as ‘bad news’ rather than just “The News”. It seems that most things that are noteworthy are bad rather than good. Whether it be the latest death toll of migrants from Africa drowning in the Mediterranean, the repression of the civilian population by a cruel dictator, or the latest ‘tweet’ from the occupant of the White House, there can seem no end of negative spins on the world in which we live.

One of my dear relatives, no longer with us now, used to say to me “I don’t know what the world is coming to”. I am sure that you have friends or family who utter similar statements under their breath from time to time. But the battle between good and evil has been a part of humanities journey on the earth since the beginning of time, all the way back to the Garden of Eden. But as Christians we have great hope when faced with a barrage of bad news, whether it be on a cosmic scale or down to our own personal troubles. The Apostle Paul summed up “The News” for us when he wrote to the church in Rome (who were to suffer greatly at the hands of the authorities), “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us……who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness or peril or sword… For I am convinced that neither death nor life…nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31).

We may never really get to the very bottom of deep questions such as ‘why bad things happen to good people’, but we can rest in the knowledge that God is for us, he has overcome evil with His love and we are completely loved by Him, who is in charge of the whole of creation and invaded history 2000 years ago with a message of life from death and joy from sorrow. We may hear many words of pessimism on the 10 O’clock News, but we do know who has the last word in human history!  

Revd. David Swannack,

Rector, Holy Trinity, Messingham Tel. (01724) 647789

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