World Gone Mad

…it’s not that I have had no music news to report, its that I haven’t been posting lately due to personal health challenges and more recently because the entire earth exploded into some unrecognizable alien planet in the midst of a civil war. No exaggeration – have you seen the news these last few months (days even)? I expect I’ll get push back for daring to say this (let me give an eye roll in advance) , but as I look out of my window to the park I live across the street from I see smiling, laughing joyfully conversant people of all ethnicities, genders and skin tones. Probably of different ideologies as well. They are walking and talking – often mingling with one another. On the TV however there are buildings and cars burning, people being attacked, yelling, screaming dying. So which is reality? My window or my TV? Seems the violence and hatred ONLY plays out on the TV with few exceptions. I can hardly tell the difference between a show and the news,

Are you overwhelmed or angry? Could it be that you consume waaay too much of what the media produces? Sure bad things do happen to us personally in real life, but how often? How severe? Are there not more positive – or at least more benign experiences in everyday life? Do we really need to react in the manner we see portrayed and incited on TV? Well, I suggest you simply unplug your TV and spend more time not only at the window (or actually in the park), but in prayer and in your Bible. I’m not suggesting that you do so as a way of hiding, but do so as a way of gaining perspective and understanding. Might I suggest a few passages?

“…But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power”. 2nd Timothy 3:1-5

Jesus said: “But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows”. Mark 13:7-8 – or the more detailed Luke 21:7-36

The point isn’t to scare the “bejesus” out of you but to maybe stir the “Lord Jesus” into you.

Know that despite the world exploding Jesus said: “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20(b) and “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5(b) -6.

And of course there is John 14 which is all good news, in particular Jesus saying “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” verse 27.

And as we receive comfort we then ought to comfort others:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Fear is a terrible thing to live in., but it is the scriptures that show us peace and safety in the midst of calamity.This comes from nothing else. Certainly not the TV. Regardless if your lack of peace is fueled by things personal or external – even global, allow your Bible to bring the calm. You just have to open it. That’s all…