The news gets a bad wrap for highlighting so much negative in the world. Unless you are a conspiracist and think they are making these stories up, you have to recognize they have plenty of material with which to work.
Here is reality: the world is a sin-saturated and a broken place. You can’t escape it. Everywhere you turn, there is potential tragedy. Ignoring it does not make it go away.
The proper response for us as Believers is to allow the news to be a constant reminder of a few things:
1) This world is not our home. We are strangers here. We live here for a time, but we are homesick. We await a redeemed creation, a dwelling in the presence of God.
2) The same sin that disgusts us in the world is the same sinfulness in us. We need to see sin the way God sees it. We need to hate its destructive power, not just in the world, but also in us.
3) The hurt, pain, and devastation happening in our world is opportunity for us to spread the grace and love of Jesus. What better ears to hear the good news of Christ than the hurting. Jesus said He came to heal the sick, that God is the Great Physician. They recognize more fully their need. The news should motivate us to be a stronger witness.
4) The brokenness of this world is in us, not God. Our sin brought this devastation into the world. Our disobedience led to this. We’d like to think we have nothing to do with the evil we see out there, but it’s simply not true. We play our part, too. Maybe we did not murder someone today, but we may judge, gossip, backbite, ridicule, condescend, snub, and do other very harmful things to others. We are far from innocent; our hands are dirty. God did not cause this. We did.
So when you watch the news or check out Fox News or CNN online today, do so with eternal perspective. Consider the things I’ve said above, take time to praise God for your own salvation over sin, and intercede for those who are desperate for His touch.