All the News We Need

“Who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15.

“We report…Without the agenda. Without the spin. Without the bias. We report. You decide.” So says Fox News, implying an impartiality that is more promise than fact.

“Just the facts, ma’am.” Do you remember where that line comes from? More on that in a moment.

“The truth will set you free.” Jesus used that line.  (John 8:31 – NIV.)

I get all the news I need from the weather report.” Paul Simon penned those words – “The only livin’ boy in New York”. “Half of the time we’re gone but we don’t where, and we don’t know where…”

Where do you turn to get the news you need? This week dignitaries from Africa are visiting Washington, DC representing over 40 African nations in an effort to focus on economic development, tariffs and trade. Some have protested saying the agenda needs to be expanded to include issues such as human rights and democratization. Who decides for you what the important issues are for living this day?August 5 Tuesdevo

Can we trust the media? Can we trust ourselves? If you said the “Just the facts, ma’am” line came from Dragnet, you are only partially correct. According to the Wikipedia article, that specific line was never uttered on the show. The closest they came was: “All we want are the facts, ma’am.” Close … but not exactly how most of us remember it.

It looks as if we are left to decide – not only on what the “facts” mean, but also on which “facts” we are going to consider. Jesus makes a pitch here. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say the Church makes a pitch on behalf of Jesus, inviting us to look first and last to him as both the source for life’s most important information and the interpretation of that information. We can consult the Bible. We can read the witness of the saints. We can consider the history of the Christian Church. All of these can be resources for us; but in the final analysis we are left with our own soul to consider the meaning of who Jesus is.

Given the myriad of facts that will bombard you today about issues large and small, perhaps you could consider not only who Jesus is, but where Jesus is in the midst of it all.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.