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What the Good News Says About Bad News

It's pretty common to hear people complain that the news is always bad these days. We've all heard someone say, "I don't even watch the news, anymore. It's so depressing!" It shouldn't be surprising, then, that according to a study conducted in 2010 in the U.S., for every positive story covered in the general news, there are 17 negative stories broadcast to the American public. The reason that this ratio is so high is pretty simple - it's human nature to be drawn to bad news, and the news outlets are going to show the kinds of stories that will make people watch.

Many studies have shown that we care more about the threat of bad things than we do about the prospect of good things.- "Why We Love Bad News", Ray Williams, Psychology Today, 2010.

This is why we regularly see headlines such as:
"Toothpaste Terror Threat for Winter Games."
"Gorilla on the Loose at Japanese Zoo."

Instead of:
"Teenager Opens Up Inner-City Soup Kitchen."
"Missionaries in Africa Construct New School."

Keeping up with current events is important, but if we're not careful, we can easily find ourselves in fear of the world around us. Some people are afraid of being shot at in a movie theater. Some are afraid of economic issues affecting their lives. Some are afraid of the NSA. Some are afraid of losing their jobs. Some are afraid of China... this list could literally go on forever.

But what does GOD say about fear?

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112:6-7, NIV)

When we worry, or fret, or become afraid of our surroundings or circumstances, what we are really doing is failing to trust that God will take care of us. We are not in control, and the sooner we realize that God is, the sooner we will be able to know the kind of peace that only comes from a relationship with Him.

Don't let your fear of the unknown keep you from knowing your Creator. And remember, "If our God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

--Justin Moyer (Pastor-In-Training @ Soul Purpose Community Church)


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