In their coverage of mass shootings, bombings, and other violent attacks so prevalent now, the news media have provided some basic facts, while simultaneously swamping the public with hype and conflicting opinions. Thanks, but I don’t need round-the-clock media analysis. I need to know what God wants of His people in the face of these crises…let alone the “usual” troubles each day brings.
Chaotic times press home the need to move biblical teaching off the page and into practice. Questions keep popping up: What are the specifics of showing agape love (like in Matthew 5:44) to people driven by such hatred and brutality? How do we Christians approach the hot-button issues of our day so as to honor God and keep productive conversation going among ourselves and with non-Christians? What’s my work in a disintegrating world? May the Lord direct my attitudes and actions, which so often run counter to His Word.
Perhaps King David gave the first step in dealing with the world when he wrote Psalm 131:2 all those centuries ago:
“Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother is my soul [ceased from fretting]. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.”