We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Extra, Extra, Read All about It!

Recently I heard the news on the radio. That in and of itself doesn’t sound like an interesting discussion point, but it was the first time I had heard the news in months! Now some of you might be thinking, “Where have you been? Do you have your head stuck in the sand? Are you refusing to keep current with national and world affairs? Don’t you at least read the newspaper?”Well, no, yes, and no. No I don’t have my head stuck in the sand and yes I am refusing to keep current with national and world affairs from the media’s perspective, and no, I don’t read the newspaper!

I can actually learn all that I want about the news by just being attentive to the world around me or by listening to the conversations at the barber, racquetball club, or restaurant. I am daily surrounded by news!

Thomas Jefferson once wrote a letter to John Norville, saying, “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” Jefferson’s remark was later compressed into the maxim, “The man who reads nothing at all is better informed than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

Reading the newspaper and watching the news is very similar to being addicted to cigarettes. As with all addictions, freedoms are lost. When someone is addicted to the media, he loses his intellectual freedom and becomes dependant upon the views of those whose values are not consistent with God’s perspective. And like the proverbial frog in the boiling water, our values, over time, begin to align with theirs.

In the book of I Chronicles chapter 12, the Chronicler pens these words: “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do . . . .” So how do we become men and women that possess understanding of the times to know what needs to be done? More on this subject in the next Lamplighter Moment.

Recommended Reading: John Plowman’s Talk by Charles Spurgeon; Understanding the Times by David Nobel

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