Good News Revolution

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"Existing home sales fall for eighth straight month". That’s the headline on DallasMorningNews.com for today. The others:

  • "Holiday shoppers plan to spend despite economy."
  • "Mexicans avoiding U.S. Jobs"
  • "Assistant Principal Arrested"
  • "Construction Worker Killed"
  • "Woman attacked on Dallas’ Katy Trail"

OK. Let me vent for just a moment.

I’m tired of people trying to scare me…and make a living off of it.

I’m tired of news agencies reporting no genuinely good news… except the infamous pet story that ends every local newscast.

I would like to begin a good news revolution. I want to begin one because people think that making everyone "aware" of all of the world’s pain will help solve world problems. I don’t believe that at all.

I think such a perspective makes world problems seem like the norm. In a world that is portrayed as evil to the core, all of this is just part of human existence. This is true, but not the whole truth. "In this world you will have trouble," Christ said. But, he adds, "Take heart, I have overcome the world." A world world full of hope would make the horrors that happen in the world seem obviously wrong and out of place…and people would act more quickly and more passionately to change them.

Philippians 4:8-9: Finally, brothers,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any
excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these
things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

PS…I’m aware that the negative tone of this post just spread more bad news.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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6 thoughts on “Good News Revolution

  1. RTRR
    I pray I can be strong in the peace of God so that I can deliver the good news when the opportunity of bad news presents itself…..as you did.
    Thank you for your thoughts

  2. Yes, the news is bad. And, oh yes, the bad news is sensationalized. And I suspect it has ever been so. But don’t we have a response to the bad news?? I’ve just returned from preaching a funeral for a 21 year old young man who died in a car wreck in the middle of the night…Saturday night. Let me tell you, that’s bad news. After delivering the message of hope provided by God’s love through the grace of Jesus, I shook hands with and looked into the eyes of the 750 attendees who filed past the remains of a stellar young man who will be sorely missed. Of that number I’d say most–by far!–most were weeping. Of that number I made contact with maybe 300 young men who openly wept. Many of them stopped and closed in on that handshake and put their head on my shoulder and cried and said, “thank you.” By far the toughest (and maybe the most important) thing I’ve done in a long time. The issue then was not the bad news. It was the good news. rtrr

  3. Great post. I am sick of the media’s selling the news with sensationalism. My goal of late has been to receive and get back the peace of God….even if that means I have to fast forward through the local news to the weather. Your post lifted me to keep seeking the peace that passes all understanding.