Christians and the news

16:18 Podcast – 1.14 Christians and the news

2 reasons to watch the news:

  1. In order to effectively evangelize or encourage others, it’s important to know what is happening in our world.

– Abortion
– Religious Liberty
– Rittenhouse
– Social Justice & CRT
– Terror attacks and wars
– Natural disasters and other tragedies

Many times current events give us a good conversation starter and allow us to begin talking about the gospel as we understand the problems that people are currently dealing with.

  1. When speaking about the end times, Jesus told us to keep watch and to take note of what is happening in the world.
    In the Olivet discourse: Matthew 24 and 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21, Jesus gives many signs and ways to understand the end times. At the end of this discourse Jesus says, in Luke 21:36, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” It seems that not only is Jesus telling us to be watchful and ready for his return, like being prepared for the thief in the night, but he is also telling us to look at the world and watch to see if these things are taking place! This also means preparing for persecution, restrictions on our religious liberties, and attacks from the world. When it comes to politics, for example, it is important for Christians to understand what is happening in our government so that we can vote in a way that allows us to continue exercising our freedom of worship.

What to prepare for:

  • to stand up for what is right
  • Preparing for persecution
  • Preparing to lose your job for what you believe

2 Reasons not to get depressed, or to lose heart, when watching the news.

  1. God is sovereign over all things. (Psalm 103:19 – The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.)
  2. We know the ending of the story

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