Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
(540) 473-2325

What is Your News Source?

The constant flow of news and information is incessant. We find it on television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and now with the newest cell phones we can get up to the minute updates on what is going on anywhere in the world. I find that this constant stream of information can steal away our perception of the world as God sees it.

Most of the information is distressing if not disturbing to the soul. It robs our minds of the ability to clearly think and to enjoy the good thoughts God wants us to have.

So much of the information that comes at us is crude and desperate. We can find ourselves being concerned with many topics that should not be of interest to us and all to often too much of the things that go on in the world are not in our control. How can a person care so much about so many subjects? Often times the best we can do is pray for people. Only God is capable of managing the universe at such a global scale. Believers in Jesus Christ are not to disengage from the cares of the world for this is where we live and where we share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ, but the excessive concerning of oneself with so many cares is not mentally, spiritually, or physically healthy for any person. What instruction does God give to His children concerning our main thought life?

Col.3:1-3 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” In this verse we see our position in Christ as being certain. The word “if” introduces a conditional clause which is “ye then be risen” wherein with the use of the indicative mood it is better translated, since ye then are risen with Christ. Since we have been risen with Christ through salvation, we are to seek those things which are above. The seeking here is a present tense verb which means we are to habitually seek those things which are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God, the Father. This is not just for Sundays, but every day of the week.

Then Paul adds that we are to...

v.2 “Set our affections [our mind] on things above, not on things on the earth.” Thinking is where it is at when it comes to our focus and our mission as Christians in pleasing our Father in heaven. If we are not thinking right we will get off course as to the Father’s will for our lives. The reason we need to recognize our eternal position in Christ and fix our minds on the things of God is because the born again believer is...

v.3 “ For ye are dead [eternal position in Christ Jesus] and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” It is not that we ignore the world around us, but we need to stay tapped into God’s newscast so we can live and serve Him in this world according to His point of view, and not get caught up in the world’s point of view. These two views are very different most of the time. The unsaved viewpoints found in the newscast and network news providers never look objectively to the Lord Jesus Christ for guidance. They never look to the Bible with faith in God’s solutions. So it is only fitting that they should be shaken by what they see. The news reporters and political pundits convey the sentiments that all of us should be fully absorbed with the information and opinions they give us. Like a bird feeding her young as they open wide their mouths for food, we are to open wide our minds to ingest the news and desperate solutions they give out. Paul said the child of God must seek first those answers which come from above. Having a settled peace of mind comes from taking God’s word on any given issue. Right now the debt crisis has the entire nation and its leaders grasping for a solution, and no one is taking the advice found in God’s word. For God’s answers on this problem please start with Deut.8:11-20 and II Chron.7:14.

The Pastor
August 2011