There’s not many places on earth that this word has not impacted, coronavirus. This word will be forever remembered. As people of faith, we’d like to remind you of two things.
- The news headlines are incomplete.
The word news simply means a report of events. It doesn’t say that those events have to be negative or positive or mostly negative or mostly positive. It’s a report of events. The reason our news streams are mostly negative is because they come from a world that’s engulfed in “darkness.” You know this; it’s just a reminder that people-of-faith are children of light (a positive news report) and the world are children of darkness (a negative news report).
“For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.
So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk.
But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” – bible.com/116/1th.5.5-11.nlt
I believe the darkness is overtaking the light in reporting. So what can we do about it? That leads us to our second reminder.
- Everyone is a source of news.
Forget CNN and Fox News, the best source of news comes from the people we know and those with whom we’re socially connected. In fact, I bet you’ve heard from people in your world, your office, your family, your friends, your church, your work, regarding these latest events. Here’s the problem, we’ve been spreading more of the bad news when we need to leave that up to the world (children of darkness) and spread good news since we are the children of light, children of encouragement, children of good news, children of the gospel.
So how do we spread good news when we’re consumed with such overwhelmingly bad news? And the answer to this question is what led to this week’s “BeTheSohrs.” We’ve received calls and messages from family and friends we know in major U.S. cities that have escaped the plague. We’ve been contacted by team members who live on the other side of the globe, other countries, to check up on us as they battle the same. This is the news we need to share. This week’s BeTheSohrs focus is “Let’s Be the Source of Good News in the Midst of Bad News.” Will you join us, your world, our world needs it more than ever. It’s our time to #BeTheSohrs.