That’s me. Well, I was the first, and am hopefully moving on past the second… Once upon a time I was very informed and active. I wrote letters to the Editor, volunteered on a Senate campaign, served as a Delegate to the State Convention, debated current issues of the days with friends, read David Limbaugh, D’Souza and Coulter, watched FoxNews while cooking dinner, prayed for this nation regularly and even participated in boycotts and pickets when the issues were serious (though I doubt those last activities were either Biblical or profitable).
In the past few years I’ve actually bragged that I never watch the news or read the paper, haven’t a clue what’s going on in the world, and really don’t care. What happened? Busyness. The all-consuming god of corporate life. Apathy. All three most likely. As an American Christian, I considered myself blissfully ignorant and focused on the more important things. But was I?
Today we’re looking at a potential and unprecedented shut-down of the US government. All across American campuses young people are staging ‘Israeli Apartheid Weeks’ in an effort to “finish what Hitler started.” Huge things are happening in Egypt, Libya and Syria. 27 million women and children are being trafficked as sex slaves, including right here on American soil. The second amendment is under serious attack. The dollar is growing weaker as the nation’s debt soars past 14.25 trillion dollars. And the liberties of American Christians are slowly and deliberately being removed. Are we like the frog in the pot of water? What should be our response?
I think the scriptures call us to be wise, discerning, observant, and knowledgeable about the current times.
“Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. ‘Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light!’ So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.” (Ephesians 5:13-17, The Message)
OK, this doesn’t mean I’m going to run out this afternoon and join a political campaign or spend fifty bucks to enter The No Spin Zone. As a matter of fact there is some sound teaching against Christian Activism (here are a few articles on this topic). And I’m not saying American Christians should be Donkeys or Elephants or join a Tea Party. What I am challenged with is obtaining and cultivating the quiet wisdom and understanding of current events and discerning how I, as An American Christian, should respond in light of the truth of God’s word.
“Conduct yourself with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.” “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”
Are you experiencing a similar challenge, to be the proverbial wise serpent and gentle dove? As American Christians, regardless of our stance on activism, shouldn’t we at least inform ourselves?
Here are just a few resources I have bookmarked that you might find helpful, too:
Current Events, News & the Economy
- CSN News http://www.cnsnews.com/
- The Drudge Report http://www.drudgereport.com/
- The Economist http://www.economist.com/
- Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/
- News Balance http://www.newsbalance.com/Home
- World Net Daily http://www.wnd.com/
Evangelical Christian Commentary
- Albert Mohler http://www.albertmohler.com/
- David Limbaugh http://davidlimbaugh.com/
- What’s Best Next http://www.whatsbestnext.com/
- The Voice http://www.thevoicemagazine.com/
- Christian Faith in America http://christianfaithinamerica.com/
I’m on the road to recovering quiet wisdom with regard to current events and culture. Do you have any good resources to share with me?