Why it’s not trending in the mainstream
People clamor for information as to what’s happening all over the world. Anything news worthy today will end up as headlines in any leading news program. The more sensational it is, the more profitable it will be for news business producers. Graphic footages of killings, wars, rape, murders and sex scandals can trigger high ratings. I am really disgusted on how mainstream media use the taboo for a primetime entertainment. A quote from Peter McWilliams says, “The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news… and it’s not entirely the media’s fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news”. Simply put, it’s not news if it’s not bad news.
So if bad news is the news, then I am bit worried because Christmas story is good news. Luke 2:10, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people”. It is the news about freedom, salvation, joy, peace, prosperity, eternal security in God and so much more. I do not see why people would not want to hear of it when all the solution to man’s age-old problem is all in the Christmas story. However, this “good news” is not trending in the mainstream media. If it’s really good news, I wonder why people evade me when I share the gospel to them. I don’t get much attention to strangers whenever I introduce myself as pastor. There is a massive move among anti-Christianity lobbyist to replace greetings like “Merry Christmas” with “Happy holidays”. They change B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini) with B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C. E. (Common Era). This is the only good news that offends people of the world. In essence, it’s like a bad news to their hearing. And I thought bad news is trending? This is the challenge we have to undertake; making the good news to sound what it really is – good news.
Christianity is riddled with history of scandals. Famous televangelists have given Christianity a bad name hence, partly the blame is on us. We the carriers of good news are supposed to be the models of the message we carry. But our flaws are tampering our message. However, hope is not lost. Jesus knew all along our weaknesses and propensity towards sin. That’s why at the end of the day, Jesus’ coming to earth is still the greatest good news of all time because ultimately the church will be made blameless. (Ephesians 5:27, “…and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.) Don’t get discouraged, we are a work in progress. In the meantime, keep on loving, caring, sharing and by the grace of God, still insist to share the good news. Each moment you share, whether they listen or not, will serve as a seed planted and will grow in time. No matter how they label it, this is still the ultimate good news everybody deserves to hear. 🙂