Exploring Hope: An Information Consumption Challenge – Chadds Ford Live

Coronavirus. China and Taiwan. Russia and Ukraine. Inflation and recession.

The headlines of the modern world are frightening and cause much fear and anxiety in the human heart.

But how many hours a day do you consume news media? How many news podcasts do you listen to? How many hours a day do you spend watching cable news? I am not suggesting complete abstinence from the news media. We must be informed citizens. However, today I would like to offer you a simple challenge: read your Bible and pray as much as you consume the media.

How

First, track your news consumption. Be honest. Counting Facebook, Twitter, news websites, podcasts, radio and cable news, how many hours of news do you consume daily?

Second, assess your news media consumption. Could it be less? Could it be more? There is no right or wrong answer. However, I encourage you to define in advance how many minutes/hours per day you want to devote to news consumption. Stick to your plan.

Third, balance your news consumption with prayer and Bible reading. If you watch the news for 30 minutes every morning, consider adding 30 minutes of prayer and Bible reading to your morning routine. If you don’t have enough time, reduce your news consumption and increase your time in God’s Word.

Why

I believe this challenge is useful for two reasons:

First, prayer is powerful. God works through prayer to accomplish His sovereign purpose in the world. Therefore, by devoting more time to prayer, you are reminded that God is in control of events on the national and international scene. You don’t have to be afraid or worried about anything!

Second, the Bible is powerful. It teaches us about God. It teaches us about ourselves. He teaches us the way to salvation and how to live. The apostle Paul says, “All scripture is inspired of God and helpful to teach, to convict, to correct, and to instruct in righteousness, that the man of God may be finished and equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3 : 16-17).

Therefore, the more grounded and grounded we are in scripture, the better able we will be to assess and deal with the events of our time.

About Will Stern

Originally from Colorado, Will Stern is the pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Garnet Valley. He majored in violin performance for his undergrad and taught violin for several years before being called to ministry. He studied theology at Duke University and Westminster Theological Seminary.


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