Our country is permeated by a climate of hate and fear. Many are anxious as they take in the increasingly popular reports of evil. Watching the news I can’t help but think of Don Henley’s song, Dirty Laundry:
I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something – something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry.
We got the bubble-headed-beach-blond who
Comes on at five
She can tell you ‘bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It’s interesting when people die
Give us dirty laundry.
Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry.
Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry.
There’s more, but you get the idea. I had stopped watching the news for quite a while and just picked what was important off the internet. I was tired of the sensationalizing of people’s misery, of placing a microphone in the face of someone in the midst of tragedy, using their grief for entertainment.
But the elections drew me back in. Like an addiction, I couldn’t get enough of it all. The media succeeded in entertaining me with all the sordid details of two imperfect candidates picking each other apart.
I need perspective, which I lose when my focus is on the cares of this world versus God’s eternal plan. Truth does not scream at me. It is calm, humble and loving. It wants me to look for it, it wants to be found as opposed to forcing itself on me. I won’t find it on the evening news, and it probably won’t be in the emotion charged conversations I’ll have with angry or frightened people. It gently knocks on the door of my heart, inviting me to rest in the assurance of God’s eternal plan. He is with us – He will never leave us nor forsake us.
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. Genesis 15:1
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior — from violent people you save me.” 2 Samuel 22:3
You make your saving help my shield; your help has made me great. 2 Samuel 22:36
Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Psalm 3:1-4
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:11-12
My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. Psalm 84:11-12
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:16-17