I am a blogger….I have been a blogger for 2 months. I have been an internal blogger for years. 🙂 I try to plan out my blog in advance…I am typically not just posting every thought that comes into my head. BUT today I am writing an extra post. This is what I call a spontaneous post from the heart!
I was watching a few minutes of the news this morning before I took my kids to school. The biggest news story in our country today and basically all week has been….how much air was in the football in last week's big game. Sure, I have heard about it for several days…but as I was sitting there watching Good Morning America…they just kept bringing it up. The whole issue has even been given a name….Deflate-Gate. I think the name was the final straw for me.
I suddenly just exploded and started shouting….yes…I really did…I stood in my living room shouting at the top of my lungs…just ask my family! 🙂 I am yelling to anyone who wanted to listen (which I don't think anyone really did)…WHY IS THIS NEWS? THERE ARE PEOPLE STARVING TO DEATH AROUND THE WORLD, THERE ARE CHILDREN BEING SOLD INTO HUMAN TRAFFICKING AS WE SPEAK, THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING OF CANCER AND OTHER HORRIBLE DISEASES. WHY IS THIS NEWS?
I guess in my mind this just shows a clear picture of the moral decay of our country. We care only for the trivial things in life. We don't want to hear about the real news….it is depressing, sad, horrifying. So instead of being educated about the truth of what is happening around our country and around the world…we will just focus on how much air was in the football at last week's game.
I truly believe that God is on His throne…looking down at our country in utter frustration. We are truly like spoiled children. We have been given the BEST OF EVERYTHING. The poorest people in our country are still richer than the majority of the people in the world. God has blessed us with freedoms that most people will never know. We have taken all of that and we want more, more, more. We don't want to help others, pray for others or sacrifice for others. We just want to know who let the air out of that football.
I am as much to blame as anyone. I don't write this post from my seat of perfection. I can honestly say that there are days I avoid the news because I don't want to hear that a 2-year-old was murdered in the city where I work. I don't want to hear that another innocent person was beheaded by a group of extremists. It really is easier to just turn it off and take my kids to the park…soak in the sunshine and thank God for my blessings.
Unfortunately, trying to live in a bubble doesn't change the facts. There are REAL issues going on in this world. God calls us to be the salt, to be the light. If there is nothing else I can do about these issues other than pray…then that is what I need to be doing.
I believe that if I do NOTHING and ignore the truth….and just concern myself with trivial things…like the air in a football…that I will answer for it one day.
If nothing else, I hope this post will get you thinking about what is really important and what isn't. I know that not everyone reading this is a Christian. I believe that as Christians we are held to a higher standard, but this isn't only an issue for Christians. It is really an issue for mankind. Let's get our priorities in order….and remember the important things in life.
I will end this little tirade by saying that I don't hate football. I just finished a series of recipes you can make for Super Bowl Parties! I don't hate fun and I definitely don't promote cheating. I hope that the point I am trying to make came across…this article isn't really about football! 🙂
I hope you have a joyful day!!
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Tara Joy says
I could not agree with you MORE, seriously, when football players and actors/actresses get paid millions and thats all we want to talk about but no one is willing to look around the world and actually think that we are blessed by God.. oh no our country has the audacity to say God had nothing to do with this… Pride comes before the fall..
I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way!! Yes…pride does come before the fall!!
I agree that it’s ridiculous that this is such a “top story” right now. I know the real news isn’t always pretty or easy to listen to, but we do need to face what’s going on so we can try our best to help make this world a better place.
I completely agree with this. It is without a doubt such a disgrace to our country and those around the world in need. I hope my kids understand true compassion and empathy for others…