Media Matters - Part 5
This will be the final article, for now, concerning media matters and what we as Christians are consuming through our ear and eye gate. No one likes a person who often states, “I told you so!” Before you fully agree with my previous statement, please remember that our Savior used a very similar expression. Jesus would say, "have I not told you?" For example, Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33. Multiple times our Savior declares very similar words to his followers. Why? Because the Devil is the author of all lies, and he will use whoever he can to advance his agenda. Cautiously and carefully you may hear me say, "I told you so," especially in light of everything we have been told these last few years. Everyone has an opinion about why things ultimately happen in life. If this were a conversation about the Packers versus the Vikings we would never come to any sense of agreement about whose team is better. Certain issues are just too deeply personal and will never be settled by, I told you so! Thankfully, as followers of the Lord Jesus, we are all on the same team and understand who is our real enemy. The worldly media is not on our team; it is time for Christians to stop thinking they are unbiased. During the first Gulf War, our nation was united and everyone believed what Wolf Blitzer reported about the conflict on CNN was the truth. Fast forward 20 years, do you believe that the same cable news network who reported about the first Gulf War, has been just as honest about the rioting of 2020, the previous President, or the current Pandemic? My opinion doesn’t matter, and honestly neither does yours. What matters is what did Jesus say would be happening in the end-times. For the sake of any new reader, the use of the term end-times comes from what the Bible tells us. Since the apostle Peter said in the Book of Acts that what happened in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost was an indicator of living in the last days, 2000 years have passed since those words were declared and canonized in the Bible. We are living in the last of the last days. What matters to me, is what Jesus says about our world, what the end will be like, especially anything he declared would be happening prior to His return. The only reason I can say, "I told you so," is because Jesus said it first. In reality, I am declaring to you what was first declared by our Savior. Having been a calibration and repair technician in the Air Force I understand that anything with a measure of value attached to it requires a known standard as the reference point. Next time you go to the gas station you will see a certification sticker on every pump island verifying the accuracy of that pump. More specifically when the display reads one gallon, one gallon of gas was dispensed into your vehicle. The reason I can so confidently declare what is happening in our world is that I am comparing it to a known standard called the Word of God. What is your known standard: CNN, Fox News, a specific political party, Sean Hannity, President Joe Biden, Google, Snopes? Voices are coming at us from all directions and ultimately we are believing certain things. We are putting our trust in someone's report. I choose to believe the report of the Lord, how about you?