Reading The Newspaper (Ephesians 5:11)

“Son, you really should be reading the newspaper and keeping up with current events.”

I rolled my eyes. I was ten years old and the last thing I wanted to do was read the newspaper to learn about current events. “And not just the sports and entertainment sections.” My father added. “You need to read the front page and business sections. I’m going to ask you about the stories.” Darn! The sports and entertainment sections were going to be my answers. I mumbled a half-hearted, “Ok Dad.”

When I was in elementary school, I took my first halting steps to read the daily newspaper. I did not like it and it took many more months before I was able to make it a routine. However, what made the task more palatable were the changes that paralleled my life in school and social circles. Whether it was history, biology, or English, I discovered an intimate knowledge of current events allowed for a greater and deeper understanding of the topics that were being discussed in class. In social interactions, I found that the ability to concisely and clearly explain current events facilitated relationships with peers, teachers, and employers. My father did me a huge favor.  

Presently, I devour all news stories. From the first moment I get into my car, I catch up with the latest news on the radio. When I arrive at work, I read the top news stories presented on a variety of websites. In free moments, I research the news stories, cross referencing them with the appropriate historical backgrounds. I am so enthusiastic that I am frequently disappointed when I encounter teens and young adults who stick their noses in the air when questioned about current events and sniff, “Who cares?” Indeed. You should.

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.

Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)

As Christians, we have a responsibility to understand our current events. This means going beyond the sound bites and headlines and being willing to dig deep into the stories, analyzing multiple viewpoints covering the entire political spectrum. Why? If we are to expose social injustices, brought on by Satan and his minions, we must understand the pressing social issues that confront us. When we do, we will be sensitized to know how the Good News of Jesus Christ can be applied to effectively address these worldly concerns. It is faith justified by works. 

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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