True Wisdom

Have you ever watched CNN? (They have been popular ever since the Gulf War on account of the fact that they provided greater news coverage than anyone else.) There is a man on that station named Aaron Brown. There is another one named Larry King. Both of these men are loved by God who sent Jesus Christ to die for their sins. But both of them do not give clear testimony of having received the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

Here’s what I’m getting at. Week after week people turn to CNN to find out what the “late breaking news is”. But they are getting it from a perspective that does not include God. To get a religious perspective of what is going on in the world, both of these men will host a panel of experts, as it were — a few Muslims, a few Christians, even born again Christians. I praise God that they have had born again Christians on their show. However, the view that is always portrayed by CNN is one of “balance”. They will always include the viewpoint of Muslims, and Jews, perhaps, and Christians, together, so that no one is reallly left knowing exactly which is the “right” position.

It is sad, then, that the news agency which is supposed to provide real “news” does not provide the best news of all from a clear, unequivocal, perspective. In the end, it is unlikely (though admitedly possible) that one will be brought any closer to the Lord Jesus Christ for having watched CNN. One may rejoice or be dismayed at what is being broadcast, but one will not gain heaven by it. On the other hand, the Bible proclaims the truly good news of Jesus Christ — “good news” and “Gospel”, in fact, are the same word. That is what “Gospel” means. And the word “evangelize”, which is the verb form of the Greek word for “Gospel”, simply means to “share or proclaim the good news”.

Perhaps you are tempted to listen to the drone of news reports night after night, whether on CNN or another station, thinking that by doing so you are gaining something of eternal value. The truth of the matter is you are not. You are gaining a certain amount of information, which may be of value and which God, in his wisdom, may use. But if this tends to be your main focus in terms of where you obtain the news that is most valuable to you as a Christian, you are looking in the wrong place. Be careful not to overindulge in newscasts, and in things that the world proclaims as “wise”.

“For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:19-20) If this be the case, should we be indulging in it? We should not! Rather, we should continue to indulge in those things that do profit indeed — fellowship, prayer, worship, Bible study, and the like, by which if we continue in these things, we shall be made strong in the Lord, ready and fit to serve him.

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:21-25)

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

Where does your wisdom come from? From news reports given from a so-called “balanced” worldly perspective, or from the preaching of the word of God? Enjoy CNN to the extent that God may provide you with information which may help you to pray for others in need — even Aaron Brown and Larry King, who themselves do not know God. But do not enjoy it to such an extent that you look to it as your source for wisdom — it clearly is not. The true source of wisdom, as we see in the above quote, is Jesus Christ himself, “who is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30) Trust in HIM, for HE is your source of strength!

May God bless you as you consider these things today.