Every day we are bombarded with news of some person or group expressing outrage. Everyone seems to be on the lookout for a reason to be offended. There are chips on enough shoulders to build that controversial wall.
The most minor slip of the tongue or keystroke is blown into a major incident and becomes the cause for marches and protests. Even when your home team wins the Super Bowl, it is an excuse to cause a celebratory riot. While there are all too many really serious incidents deserving of moral outrage, when we over-react to every petty offense, we are left with no appropriate, proportional response to actual crime or catastrophy.
Today’s constant diet of crisis being fed to us by the media has resulted in an epidemic of emotional indigestion.
So, what is the correct reaction to all the turmoil? How do we find peace of mind and heart amid the cries of outrage and dire warnings of doom? As always, the antidote to our toxic culture is found in God’s word:
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Philippians 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
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