News reporting. Ah. The world of news reporters. They can be somewhat despised, right, especially after this year of politics. But I want to share a different element that you may have never thought about before. News reporting has taught me to hope (but maybe not how you think)
I’ve been doing a bit of news reporting for a small Christian newscast for about 2 years now, and it has been hard. Before I got into this, I was a pretty optimistic person, but you could also say that ‘my head was in the clouds.’ I wasn’t realistic about the hardship, the trials, and the pain that others were enduring in the world.
Then the eating disorder came and news reporting. News reporting is hard, and it makes me cry… often.
Yet even as I watched and saw the gray in the world, the darkness, the hardship, and the trials, I saw hope, not in men or women ultimately. I realized I couldn’t depend on myself because myself always crumbles.
They turned my world around in a sense, and I realized I could only cling to one hope. The other hopes fell far short of the ultimate answer, the answer that I was almost afraid to face.
‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.’ (Psalm 121:1-3)
I saw that all the explanations and solutions for the problems in the world were lacking. They just barely touched the surface of the problems in the world.
You see. I realized our problems can’t be fixed with bandaids. And modern moralisms, modern psychology doesn’t fix the problem that starts in my heart.
I realized that people wanted to save themselves, that people want to save themselves or they want other people to save them. But I saw that all the news reporting, the explanations for the shootings, the ISIS cruel, terrible, horrible acts, were lacking. They didn’t touch the heart of it.
Our hearts. My heart needs radical surgery, not just a pacemaker. Men and women need new hearts.
‘Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.’ (Ezekiel 36:25-26)
That’s when it really hit me that God’s Word is TRUE, that God is true. I was of such little faith, and my faith still struggles, but I realized that the only hope for me, for you, for the world is truly this gospel of Jesus Christ.
‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.’ (Romans 1:16)
Jesus Christ came. History proves Him, yet it is hard for people to believe that they need a Savior, a Savior to die for their sins.
It’s hard to admit that I’m a sinner, that I’m selfish, that I lust, that I have pride issues, that I’ve hated people in my heart (which Jesus Christ says is murder in Matthew 6), that I’ve stolen other people’s time, emotions, that I’ve lied to people.
The gospel of Jesus Christ makes so much sense. When I see the darkness around me, it explains the darkness of men’s hearts, but it doesn’t just leave you there. It explains why men and women commit acts of evil in their hearts and in their minds and in their bodies.
It’s all because we fell from our relationship with God. . . We weren’t made to be steeped in anxiety, hate, peril, woe, agony, and sorrow.
The gospel explains that this is a world under judgment, that we are under judgment for our sin. That’s not an easy pill to swallow, but it’s the first pill to swallow.
It explains the state of the world AND it explains the HOPE for eternity.
You weren’t made to just exist.
I’ll never get tired of sharing this, but you were MADE, CREATED, DESIGNED by and for God. You have a glorious purpose in God. And our hearts won’t ever be content until we find our rest in Jesus Christ.
The gospel at the same time is difficult. It’s difficult because it makes man small and God BIG and GLORIOUS. Yet, if you don’t believe in God, what is the explanation for the beauty around you? Was it really just random? Are you really just random?
The gospel puts Jesus Christ before us and says, ‘Who will save this world? Has man really saved this world or is he just limping along? There is SOMEONE greater.’
Acts 3:10-12 says, ‘Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’
Simply put, this gospel invites people to come into the city whose builder and maker is God. It invites man to look beyond himself, to repent of his sins and cry out to Jesus. This gospel causes you to humble yourself, but it ALSO gives men and women hope for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
It’s a sure hope, a solid hope in Jesus Christ and His promises as He left this earth.
‘And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.’ (Luke 23:43)
And if Jesus could beckon a thief into paradise with Him, the gospel can reach any heart, no matter how hopeless or dark you feel. Jesus Christ CAME to bring light to the darkness and hope to the hopeless.
That’s why it taught me to hope. It taught me not to sit and question and be depressed over how dark the world is but to look to the One who cleanses dark hearts. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives an explanation for the darkness and shows the light that bursts into the darkness.
‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,’ (Luke 1:68)
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