Thursday, April 08, 2010

Obama, Addiction, and Red Priest

What do the above three things have in common? For me, one each one led to the next. Am I totally insane? Well, yes, but......I better explain. I have always had a strong dislike for the news & politics. All that changed during the last presidential election. Sure, there have been presidents that I have loved, liked, and couldn't stand, but all in all who was president didn't have a huge impact on my day to day life. When Obama ran for office, however, I took notice. A socialist running for president??? Had the country gone mad??? I suddenly found myself voluntarily turning on Fox News and began regularly listening to the Glenn Beck show. Anytime the tv or car radio was on, it was usually turned to the news; after all, this is scary stuff. I didn't realize that I had become such a Fox News junkie....well, except for when our daughter would teasingly roll her eyes at me sometimes when I turned on the tv or radio. This week, I finally woke up and realized that I had a problem. On Tuesday night we attended a chamber music concert. Granted, it was Red Priest, but it was the first classical music performance that we had been to in a very long time. As the music started and I began to feel my soul being soothed and calmed, I realized how long it had been since I had chosen to listen to music at home or in the car. How awful!!! There is nothing wrong with watching the news, but, as with anything, there comes a point where it can consume you if you allow it. Watching or listening to the news 24/7 will do the country less good (a WHOLE lot, nil) than will time spent on our news in prayer. Will I still watch the news? Yes, but I am presently making a concerted effort to pray more for our country and to fill my mind with "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise." (Phil. 4)

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