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I                                      As Christians, do we ever stop to do
            confess. I can be a bit of a news
            junkie. It’s not that I find the news  some self-analysis? Do we ever consider
            all that interesting, but I want to stay  that we may be regularly overdosing on
        informed. But how informed does one need  distraction and enabling the pushers of
        to be? How often do we need to check the  daily news? It might be time for a detox.
        headlines? Do we really need to know   God comes to us with a daily, even hourly,
        about the latest UFO sighting, which will   alternative, which we ignore to our own
        be debunked within a week? Do we really   loss. God’s news we cannot do without.
        need to see the latest celebrity mugshot   It is relevant, to the point, life-changing,
        or the details about which 80s band is   uplifting and profitable (2Ti 3:16). It is
        making a comeback? In our quest to stay   always news without the spin (Pro 30:5)
        informed and relevant, is our daily intake   and without the depressing headache after
        of information relevant? It’s easy to scroll   consumption. If we digest it properly, it
        through nearly endless pages of stories   will often indeed be breaking news – His
        about political candidates, professional   word will break us and we’ll be the better
        athletes and Hollywood hotshots without   for it. Spending hours being informed by
        stopping to think why anyone really needs   His news will help to make our lives count,
        to know any of it.                   or we can sadly spend those same hours
          To some, the consumption of news has   overdosing on meaningless and limitless
        become just another addiction in a society   stories about people whose lives are being
        where forms of addiction seem to be   thrown away.
        multiplying faster than a math major with
        a calculator. And the next fix is always just   Much like the grass that withers and
        a click away. Never has a “drug” been as   the flower that fades, so will much of the
        accessible and affordable as the daily news.   daily news evaporate into insignificance.
        But as with every addiction, the next fix   How many headlines (even major ones)
        has to be bigger, more exciting, and even   from last month can we even remember?
        more outrageous, which explains why   “But the word of our God shall stand for
        the network dealers provide us with so   ever” (Isa 40:8).
        many “Breaking News” alerts throughout   So pick up the phone (or paper) less and
        the day. In a desperate attempt to keep  consume God’s news more. Allow the Bible
        us hooked, the alerts strike so often that  to be your daily diet of information. There
        one wonders how our attention might be  are already a thousand things that can
        grabbed by a story that actually is serious.  distract us from living a life that’s honoring
        It seems the news agencies are becoming  to the Lord. Don’t allow yourself to become
        more and more like Aesop’s “The Boy Who  addicted to and distracted by news that
        Cried Wolf.”                         doesn’t really matter.

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