This morning about 5:00, I started watching the news. I checked out the cable news channels, surfed over to CNBC for a little business to see what went on overseas during the night, and sure enough, it wasn’t long before I got the obligatory sour stomach. Do you get the idea that the talking heads (experts in their minds) don’t have a clue? I was told, years ago, that all you have to do to be an expert, is travel three-hundred miles away from home and carry a fancy leather briefcase. Today you only need to get yourself on cable news and yell louder than the other experts.
No kidding, though. I get the feeling that the media types who are trying to explain it all to Joe the Plumber are foggier than we are. On one channel I caught this expert selling the idea that Iran is really our friend. That behind all that death to America rhetoric and nuclear proliferation, they’re really crazy about the USA, and can’t wait to sit down and discuss with us how to help create a stable Iraq. He added that despite the saber rattling, Iran was just fine with Israel. How about a verse of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
If that’s not enough to get you woozy, check out the expert spinmeisters weighing in on what a McCain or Obama administration would look like. If I were a betting man, with all the craziness going on, I’d bet not even McCain or Obama know what their administrations are going to look like.
What’ll really get you talking to yourself is watching business news. Bulls and bears have been replaced by calves in hailstorms. The expert guys and gals stare into the camera and give us their opinions, but being a longtime communicator, I recognize that look. It says, I don’t have the foggiest notion what’s going to happen, but the camera is on me and I have to say something.
After about a half-hour of that, I came up for air, and went into the living room where Mary Alice was working on tonight’s talk. For the last few weeks at Powerlines, (Bible discussion that she and I host Wednesday nights at 6:30) we’ve been looking at prophecy and things that are going to happen at the end of this age. Tonight, we’re planning a discussion on the last battle, Armegeddon, and the millennial reign of Jesus on the earth. Heavy but extremely exciting stuff!
Juxtaposing my news surfing against what she had been doing recalibrated my thinking. I’d been listening to people, who although smart, really have no idea what’s going to happen. Mary Alice was reading the Word of Someone who not only KNOWS what’s going to happen but CONTROLS outcomes! Suddenly I remembered the words of a very old song, one of the first my dad taught me. The chorus goes like this:
Many things, about the future
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand