A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-21-20
Reports vs. Facts
What’s Happening: “Kim Jong-Un’s absence from his grandfather’s birthday celebration (Kim Il Sung) has caused much speculation and generated reports that he was recovering from heart surgery due to excessive smoking, dangerous obesity, and fatigue. Seeing as his father and predecessor’s death was not known (even by his closest advisors) for a few days, it is no wonder rumors swirl. Some say they have intelligence on the subject which confirms Kim’s (now in his thirties) ill health. Others say it’s all just smoke and mirrors – designed to keep everyone guessing.and his name in the news…still, his appearance a few years ago with a cane doesn’t help (https://news.yahoo.com/seoul-plays-down-report-north-korean-leaders-health-050913307.html).Quoting from the AFP article: ‘Excessive smoking, obesity, and fatigue were the direct causes of Kim’s urgent cardiovascular treatment,’ it cited an unidentified source inside the country as saying.””
Knee-Jerk Response: “Who do you believe?”
Biblical Response: “Yeah, freedom of the press has taken a real beating lately, huh? With accusations of Fake News (some of them well-founded) and intentional (and unintentional) spin, it’s hard to know whom to believe? Thankfully, there’s Someone whose word is dependable (Ps. 89:35; 1 Tim. 1:2). The real rub comes in our ability to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying…and then there are those things He wants to remain a secret (Deut. 29:29). Most of the time, we have to rely on common sense…even if the truth is sometimes not very titillating.”
“Christians? We believe in facts. It’s just sometimes they are hard to know. Even when we do, we have to think Christianly about them…and that goes against our human nature. That’s one of the reasons why we need a new nature (Eph. 4:24):
‘Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy’ (NLT).
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to act on the facts, not react to reports; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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