Jim Denison: Don’t Grow Weary of Doing Good Amid the Bad News

The first round of debates among twenty of the Democratic Party’s candidates for president is over. As today’s Wall Street Journal notes, Joe Biden was the focus of much of last night’s debate as the candidates sparred over “the role of government in health care and other issues.”

In other news, the United Methodist Church appears to be moving closer to a formal splitfour months after the denomination strengthened its ban on LGBT clergy and same-sex weddings. The House Committee on Education and Labor discussed this week whether religious freedoms should be curtailed with regard to sexual freedom and other “civil rights.”

And San Diego, known as one of America’s most beautiful cities, is also making news because of a Department of Justice study estimating that its underground sex trafficking economy exceeds $800 million a year.


I would like to offer you some really good news today. But to get there, we need to discuss the bad news.

Political vitriol, sexual immorality, threats to our religious freedoms, and the escalation of sex trafficking are just some of the challenges we face today. If you’re like me, reading the news can be discouraging on two levels.

One: Our culture’s incessantly immoral trajectory can drag us along with it.

Every morning renews the steady drumbeat for “reproductive freedom” or “marriage equality” or “death with dignity.” (Have you noticed that those who champion such unbiblical positions are exceptionally good at rhetorical reframing?)

Since much of the media is demonstrably more liberal than most Americans, we should not be surprised when media coverage makes it seem that the country is more liberal than it is. But since perception is often reality, the cultural peer pressure of our day can wear us down.

Two: We can become discouraged in our stand for biblical truth.

“Let us not grow weary of doing good” (Galatians 6:9) is a biblical principle we need to hear daily. Even if we don’t slide down the slope of immorality ourselves, it can be hard to stand alone and easy to abandon the field of battle.


By now, you’re wondering when the “really good news” starts. I’d like to take us there through an article that has resonated in my soul since I read it earlier this week.

Green Bank, West Virginia, is the home of the Green Bank Observatory, a cluster of radio telescopes in a mountain valley. According to the New York Times‘s Pagan Kennedy, these giant devices are “like superhuman ears—they can tune into frequencies from the lowest to the highest ends of the spectrum.”

But their technological sophistication comes at a cost. Even a short-circuiting electric toothbrush could blot out their receptive abilities. As a result, the residents of Green Bank do not use cellphones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens, or any other devices that generate electromagnetic signals.

Kennedy calls their town “the land where the Internet ends.”

Here, inside the National Radio Quiet Zone, she experienced “the kind of silence that I hadn’t heard in years.” But she asks: “Who will save the endangered Quiet Zone inside our own heads? What about the thoughts as subtle as the static caused by the Big Bang and the transmissions from the remote galaxies of our memories? Is the ever-present hum of the internet drowning those out, too?”

Unfortunately, many of us know the answer to her question.

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Source: Christian Headlines