How To Survive The Daily News

I’m not a big proponent of news programs.  I might watch them if they are on.  Some people don’t like to watch the news because it’s depressing.  There’s that feeling.  My objection is that it’s redundant.

A teacher of mine was fond of relating the old wisdom that we should have a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.  His position was that we should be aware of world events and be able to respond to them with biblical truth.  I agree with that to a point.

Sometimes a newspaper is only good for swatting flies.  I’ve never allowed myself to retreat completely.  I’ve paid attention to the news throughout my adult life.  I have reached one conclusion: the news is never new, every episode is a repeat.

There’s a reason they call it a news cycle.

We shouldn’t be so surprised or thwarted.  It’s unhealthy.

While there are developments and particular details that we need to know, most of the time news stories break down to fit in one of the following 21 categories.  Keep up with current events but don’t let them drive you mad.  This list of 21 is what can be expected most days.  Become familiar with it, prepare yourself by deciding an appropriate response, and fret less often.  Selah.

Without further adieu, I give you the bad news.  Well, most of it’s bad:

Sinners sin.

Greed wins.

The weather’s bad.

Men are cowards or pigs.

Women hate their bodies.

Teenagers are having sex.

Apple invented something.

Crazy people spout crazy talk.

The church is full of hypocrites.

The government is up to something.

Some celebrities lead destructive lifestyles.

Not everyone shares our beliefs about God.

There is no “fair and balanced” news.

Pop music is in the crapper.

Hollywood has an agenda.

Nothing gold can stay.

The economy stinks.

The world is at war.

Gas prices are up.

Innocence is lost.

Jobs are down.

Chaos.

Death.

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