“What in the world, Wimsey, are you doing in this morgue?”
Opening lines from books, such as the above one from the novel, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayer, are written to grab our attentions and hook us into reading more.
You see, crisis and conflict sell books. It is the difference between a page-turner and a yawner. The crisis-conflicts add tasty “us versus them” flavors which force us to choose sides and hold on until the end.
Yet, not only do crisis-conflicts work well in the fictional world of publishing, but both are now mainstays in the supposed real world of the news media and politics. It matters not if it is a news report on CNN, ABC, Fox News, or whatever network or if it is a clash between Republicans and Democrats, because the subjects are always cranked up into crisis-conflicts.
Sequester. Fiscal Cliff. Obamacare. Pro-Life. Pro-Choice. Assault Rifles. Tea Party. Gay Marriage. Proposition 8. Or whatever. All are crisis-conflict driven, forcing listeners to take sides because opposing views will result in calamities.
Crisis-conflicts settled today will be forgotten tomorrow. New ones will take their places as crisis-conflict hoppers are always filled to the brim, waiting to dispatch steady supplies to the media and politicians.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Turn off TV news and TV commentary shows. Turn off talk radio. Don’t listen anymore. If you need news updates, read news articles on line or even a newspaper.
Jump off the crisis-conflict merry-go-round now.
You see, if you really want God-inspired discernment then you are going to have to rid yourselves of the world system’s voices which always produce fear and discord in its listeners.