Catching Up on the News

January 31, 2005



Michael JacksonSo I was driving yesterday and decided to flip on the radio to catch up on world news. Oh yeah, there was the Iraqi election! How did it go? How bad was the violence? How good was the turnout? Pro-war or anti-war, we all want this to go well, right?

So I tune in to CNN Headline News. They do maybe 30 seconds on Iraq before moving on to other news. Like Michael Jackson’s court case. Aargh! I turn off the radio in frustration.

This morning Kay & I went to work out at the Y — my body needed to process the stress of the upcoming interview. So we get on the elliptical trainers in front of the battery of TVs and I tell Kay, “Well, I guess on Headline News they can only devote 30 seconds to any story anyway. Here I can watch real CNN and find out about Iraq.”

So what are they covering on CNN? Guess!

…You got it, they were covering Michael Fucking Jackson! Unbelievable! And not just CNN, but one of the other TVs was tuned to a news broadcast, so I was watching MJ in his white suit entering the courthouse, in stereo vision.

Folks, go over and read what Mike is writing lately about charity vs. justice, and the role of the media.

Mike mentions Darfur, and I thought… whatever happened to Darfur? They are slaughtering, raping, and enslaving over there, and who gives a rip? Last I heard, the UN was debating about whether it was or was not “genocide”. Well even if you can’t label it genocide, it’s certainly not a walk in the park. And even if it had been labeled genocide …well, that’s what Rwanda was labeled, and what did we do then? Mike remembers.

Darfur. Who cares besides God?

Well, a few people do, and I need to be stirred by their example. Remember The Gospel Experiment, when Mike got us to watch the Sarah McLaclan video and chip in a few small dollars? See what such a small thing became:

Gospel Experiment check
A check for $1342 Canadian to support work in Darfur!

When I wrote “Who cares besides God?” I was in full cynical rant mode. But now, looking at the check and the PDF Report kindly prepared by World Vision “for The Gospel Experiment”, I have to ask again: Who cares besides God? I do, you do …a little. And a little is more than I used to.

“Let your kingdom come” is not a nice little prayer. It is a declaration of war against forces of evil.

“Let your will be done” also, as always, starts right here with my own calloused heart.

++ Bring it. ++



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

3 responses to Catching Up on the News

  1. So it’s not just me, then…
    Thanks Bro.

  2. One other thing…
    Jared recently posted on some similar thoughts from Moby.

  3. Well, at least Public Radio isn’t stooping to this level of tawdry… DOH!