I’m a headline reader. I have neither the time, nor the capacity or inclination to pour through the daily news and read multiple reports on all manner of news items that other people think are important. I choose not to fill my mind with things too marvelous (i.e.-difficult) for me (see Psa. 131:1, and much of Ecclesiastes). I refuse to spend time and energy on things I can neither understand nor do anything about. Instead, I focus on what seems most important, most relevant to my life and responsibilities, and most impacting on the people in my care.
In refusing to squander time following up in prolonged painful detail on today’s headlines as scripted by various news agencies, I’m not saying that what is headlining today is not important. It very well may be, to one degree or another. But I refuse to let news agencies dictate to me what they think is important; what they deem “Headline News”. Please know, too, that I am not advocating head in the sand ignorance. We must be people who know our times so that we can respond to them. But I do believe that for every one look we take at a news site we should take ten looks into the Word, where we will find the news that matters most; enough news, I might add, to keep us occupied for a lifetime.
This is part of setting our minds on things above, not on things below (Col. 3:1-2). So to that end, I’d like to repost an expanded version of something I recently put up on my Facebook page, and place it here now to remind us of what matters most—even as scores of lesser matters scream for our attention.
The Top Fifteen Headlines of All Time
These are the top fifteen headlines of all time from the most dependable news source there is. In citing these, my hope is that readers will not simply skim the “headlines”. I recommend that we all read and reflect deeply. Don’t be content with a quick glance. Go to the texts offered, and read the whole “article” (i.e.-the context before and after the headlined item). Here you are:
-In the Beginning, God (Gen. 1:1)
-Serpent’s Head to Be Crushed (Gen. 3:15)
-The Savior is Born (Luke 2:10-11)
-Redemption Is Accomplished (John 19:30)
-He Is Not Here (Matt. 28:6)
-To Every Single Nation (Matt. 28:19, 20)
-Power from on High (Acts 1:8)
-The Greatest of These (1 Cor. 13:13)
-You Shall Be Holy (1 Pet. 1:15-16)
-A Trilogy of Virtue (Mic. 6:8)
-No Separation (Rom. 8:38-39)
-I Am Coming Soon (Rev. 22:20)
-All Things Are Made New (Rev. 21:5)
-Worthy Is the Lamb (Rev. 5:12)
-God Is All in All (1 Cor. 15:28)
Such focus on God’s headlines is not simplistic me-and-God pietism. It is robust and realistic faith; faith of the sort that can handle these times with hope, and speak into them with courage. It is a plain truth that those who are not seeing the big picture as outlined and headlined here will have neither hope nor courage in our times.
All this is to say that the Heaven’s Daily Herald is the most important and relevant news source there is.