Media and Us

The President Elect Donald Trump met with President Obama today. Just days ago the President was vigorously campaigning that Mr. Trump was not fit to be president and today they talked alone for 90 minutes and then sat together for a short media interview.
It was their first meeting.
First time ever to actually occupy the same proximity.
Do we get the magnitude of this?

We size people up these days by what media pundits tells us about that person with sound bites, video clips and commentators. When was the last time we asked ourselves why is this media person telling me this? What does this entity have to gain here? It’s certainly not to lose ratings – right?

I shall not here repeat all the vileness that was pumped into our homes by the media regarding Donald Trump in recent months. In a court of law only testimony given by certified documentation or reputable first hand sight knowledge is acceptable.  Hearsay is disqualified, deemed unworthy of consideration. Yet many people seized upon these media reports and stuffed their souls with hate for this man who they had never met. Moreover the testimony of reputable men and woman, some who have known him for 30 years, others who in recent times had personally prayed with him was rejected and disregarded. During this political campaign Donald Trump was sentenced and executed on hearsay even in Christian circles. Will we ever learn that the media of today is not our friend?

What if a thorough investigative report was done; scanning, reading, collecting and pooling data from mainstream media sources for the last decade, subject say: racial unrest? What do you think would be found? I’ll save my opinion, but this I will say: I still believe there are millions and millions of good people in America who have no ill will for one another based on the color of skin.

What if instead of filling our eyes and ears with media stories, we opened our minds and hearts to people we actually know or could get to know?  What if we ceased to let media profiteers tell us what we believe about one another, about politics, about Hollywood, about . . . , and ask GOD, who by the way does KNOW, to lead us to the truth about all of it!?  What if  we . . .

 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord, . . . source  Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

Just asking . . .

This Time

Giving thanks for lessons learned – again.

That voting does matter.  I must again and again, every time, be faithful in this sacred trust.

That I must resist, this time, a life long flaw: when I perceive the crisis has passed, I let the healing discipline slide.  That will not do this time; the mission has only begun. This time fervent, diligent, Biblical disciplines must flow on and on.

16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. source James 5 (NKJV)

We saw Him deliver on this promise, why would we allow ourselves to let up now? Even media commentators called it a miracle. America needs many more miracles. Let us pray them into being.

And let us give thanks that we can give thanks.

32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. source Ephesians  4 (NKJV)