It doesn’t take an expert analyst to conclude that the news in the world today is generally not good. Certainly, this statement has been true for a long time. However, what makes this interesting is that the world’s state of affairs does not seem to improve. You might think that a continual set of poor circumstances and problems would become resolved over time. But instead, as one problem approaches resolution, a multiplicity of new problems pop up. Topple a dictator, only to create civil unrest and drive a healthy economy into unfathomable debt. Allow the citizens of a country to buy their dream homes when interest rates are low, only to cause default on those loans when rates rise, bringing down established financial institutions with the fall. Our solutions to the problems we see only seem to cause more problems — and more bad news.
All the bad news we read about begs the question, where’s the good news? Most mainstream media will try to convince their audiences that the trouble we see now is a flash in the pan, and that the general state of affairs will improve. Some claim that the problems the world experiences today aren’t actually problems at all, but rather apparitions of poor or incomplete analysis. Others still hope that a new President in the United States in the coming months will provide solutions. Yet, we know from experience that man will not be able to make sufficient progress before causing his own demise.
The truth of the matter is that the good news, even though it is more significant than any of the news we see and hear in the media, never sees headlines, nor does it find a place in the media at all. In fact, the good news predominantly falls on deaf ears. Where is the good news? What is the good news?
In Psalm 96:2-3, King David tells us what this good news is: “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” To summarize, the good news is that God will establish His Kingdom on this earth, and finally provide us with solutions to the problems that plague us. He will provide salvation for His people.
In the meantime, while the media is mostly silent about this good news, it is our responsibility to report it. We hear the Scripture frequently, but it bears repeating. In Matthew 24:14, Jesus reveals: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” The substance of the gospel is that God has a plan to save us from ourselves. This message is absolutely simple. It is up to us to do the Work of God in order to preach, publish and broadcast it, so that we do not delay His plans.