I had found it emotionally painful and stressful to watch the cable news networks where most of the argy bargy is pure bilge—rhetorical expostulations, dogmatic flapdoodle and the vituperations of popinjays not journalists …and this 24/7 because many people find a good shouting match entertaining and it’s good for ratings. (NOT ME!!!) Both sides of any issue deal with a different set of “facts” which makes the whole shouting match meaningless to me.
I wanted to discover real issues, first as a voter, and then in a serious interest in determining how close we might actually be to our Lord’s return.
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28
- Jerusalem under siege by Israel’s enemies; (Luke 21:20)
- wars fought—not for freedom but motivated by rampant vengeance (Luke 21:22);
- and a ubiquitous sense of terror gripping a terrified mankind because the entire earth and sky is “roaring” (Luke 21:25-26) which could mean many things. (I have my theories, too.)
If our Lord’s return is imminent should the cable news chatter really concern us? I have changed my mind on this. I now find it interesting, not stressful. I am excited about the possibilities for prophetic meaning. For this reason, I accept the results of the recent election in the U.S.A. (and the Brexit battle in the U.K., etc.). I am very interested in seeing what happens if a flood of immigrants manage to crash through the border barricades. I am very interested in who is going to be the next Speaker of the House in Congress and what they and their committee chairs plan to do (perhaps in an effort to unravel the current U.S. president’s agenda?)
Do I want them to succeed in destroying President Trump’s presidency? Of course not, but if they do, in my opinion, we get closer to the divine Parousia. Socialism which is their heartthrob will kill free capitalism and weaken the U.S.A. economically and militarily, taking America out of world events as a major player. We will no longer be a superpower if the middle class which has been the life blood of a free capitalistic society is weakened to the point of none-existence …and this is what socialism is. (You can put lipstick on the pig and call it “democratic socialism” but it’s still a pig!)
I am reading about China, “The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.” China, I maintain, will play a major role in Biblical prophecy. (Revelation 9:16) They have tricks up their sleeve that alone can explain the general sense of terror that will grip the globe. All the more reason to prayer for those in authority. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
None of this is upsetting to me while I prayerfully anticipate our Lord’s coming. The people in power are primary sources of real information (their plans and actions)—the Truth liberates (John 8:32) while the editorial filler on the “news” is just the haphazard guesswork of pundits that cannot begin to figure things out. They are watching the chess match between political enemies being played out and can only wonder what each next move might be without having even an inkling as to why the move will be made. (A waste of time.)
If you must watch, seek out the comedic skits and pundits on your favorite side of this isle and learn to laugh at yourself.
I agree, Rev. John, I agree