Is the World News Making you Depressed or Upset?

Every single week, a new tragedy seems to rock our global nation.  Lest we forget, 43 people were killed by suicide bombings in Beirut a day prior to the November Paris bombings and 50 killed by two separate suicide bombings in Nigeria a few days later.  There’s also a looming economic crisis, more civil unrest and robberies, increasingly catastrophic natural disasters, new untreatable diseases – it doesn’t seem there’s any hope in the News for the past few decades.  It looks like the world’s going down the toilet in a hand-basket.  And there’s nothing we can do about it but depressingly sulk or vent our anger on social media.

That’s the way global news works.  It’s best at feeding our negative emotions such as anger, hated, and fear.  After all, we usually want to hear something to vindicate or affirm our troubles in life.  It’s like another voice trying to tell you, “life sucks!  Life isn’t fair!  People suffer!  The world is not getting better!”.  So then, those emotions are amplified in our own lives and we become cynical and isolated – never hoping for the best in anything or from anyone.  We criticize everything.  We become cold.  And we especially distrust leaders in authority.

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Trust no one, Mr. Mulder – “Well-manicured man” from X-Files

What we don’t see is that the News just gives us the cold facts, but no answers to the problem.  Why are Muslim extremists willing to harm innocent lives?  How do I find a fulfilling career in a saturated job market?  Where can I live if housing is unaffordable?  What will the government due to protect my children in school?  What will happen to our dwindling Pension?

Exactly what are we to make of all this bad stuff we hear in the news?  That’s what I’m here to talk about.   From a Christian perspective, I would like to leave 3 securities that we have the world does not.

  1. Our soul is safe in Christ – Even if a nuclear bomb were to go off next to you, your soul will be with Jesus in heaven the moment after.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:39

If then we have put our faith alone in Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross, we can lose everything on this earth and it won’t matter for our eternal security is guaranteed in him.

2. God will vindicate all wrongs done on this Earth and to us – Our lives here do not the capacity for long-term hate.  God will protect his children, even when it seems he doesn’t here on this earth.  We must believe in his promise that he will bring to justice all matters when Christ comes back on this Earth.

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Romans 12:29

So then, leave God room to deal with the terrorist.  Let him manage the government no matter how corrupt they may seem.  Don’t panic when you hear of martyrs all over the world.  Remember to take whatever bad news you see to the Cross and leave it there for God deal with it for you.  God is in always in control.

3. Seeing pain and grief can draw us closer to God – Because of God’s Holy Spirit living within us, he will bring us a deeper understanding of himself and his heart for the whole world (John 14:26).  That is, if we allow him to.  Therefore, it’s not wrong to feel distressed (perhaps even depressed) when tragedy occurs, because that’s what God feels!  What’s wrong is if we don’t feel distressed when we hear of bad news.  Or even worse, if we don’t bring the bad news to God and allow it to fester within us.

The feelings that we all get show that we’re human.  We cut and we bleed.  So then, it’s very normal to feel upset when we hear of such news – the best cure is to bring it to the Lord in prayer.

Have any questions or comments?  Please leave one below.

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2 thoughts on “Is the World News Making you Depressed or Upset?

  1. In the midst of the chaos, I often find myself longing for Christ’s return where His final justice will ultimately reign. But as we remain in this world a tad bit longer, we each have to wrestle with how to use our lives worthily and meaningfully in a world that seems to be “going down the toilet in a hand-basket.”

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