It was the theologian Dr. Karl Barth who once said that we should “preach [or read] with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” While the two are obviously not synchronistic, a person who seeks to be well balanced will hold the two in tension. The news continues to remind us that humanity is depraved without God. The Bible reminds us that God is well aware of our depravity. But God doesn’t stop there. He faithfully intervenes in ways that seeks the salvation, renewal, and reconciliation of all people back to Himself and He desires to use us to accomplish His will – on earth, as it is in heaven.
The person who only reads the Bible and cares nothing for the world will be ineffectual. The person who only reads the newspaper and has nothing to do with the Bible will become idiosyncratic. The person who reads neither is to be pitied. We simply cannot become ignorantly indifferent when it comes to the divine calling for people of faith to permeate the Biblical hope and grandeur of God against the hopelessness and darkness of the world. For the Good News of the Kingdom of God will always triumph against the daily and corrupt news in our cities. So, take Dr. Barth’s advice, and read the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other (remembering that one is inspired and the other will expire), then pray and ask God how He can use you as His instrument of peace and reconciliation in this broken world, for only the informed can be God’s informant.