Today's Scripture: "This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.’" Acts 7:37
5856. What was was, what is will be. JG
Journalism was once a profession worthy of pursuit, but today is in danger of being linked to crime. For lack of a better word, the news has become a political hack-shop. That's where you take facts into a newsroom shop and when you're finished with your subtraction of opinionated facts and addition of unsubstantiated information, no one can recognize what it was, much less what it's supposed to be. It seems to me that fake news was in full bloom in the first century when Jesus stood before Jews as the prophetic reality of their own book. Instead of embracing Him, they wrote an alternate story to mislead people as to what really happened.
Instead of discussing today's rampant problem with broadcast news and deceptive journalists, I choose to discuss a worse problem and that is behind church pulpits. Having studied biblical doctrine before taking a salaried position as pastor, you'd think these men of God would preach what Jesus would. Sadly, they don't. The first words out of Jesus mouth when he started preaching was "repentance." And that is the word most lacking in today's sermons alongside of sin and confession. Instead of addressing these issues in sermons to the saved crowd, they are usually reserved for the last few minutes where an altar call is made to the lost. It's not surprising the first words out of Jesus's mouth are the last words out of ours.
Keep my words and actions consistent with Yours, Lord, and not the world's opinion.
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