It seems like Christians make the news in one of two ways. Either they have a catastrophic moral failure or they say something that appears unintelligent and/or quaint in our postmodern society.
But I would suggest that for every article highlighting a moral failure there are hundreds if not thousands of faithful servants seeking to love and bless their communities. They will never make the headlines. They will never be featured on talk shows. They will never be interviewed on the Today Show.
Our news and media shows a lot about society by what they DO NOT report on. News is almost synonymous with the bizarre, the abnormal, or the shocking and most prurient content that can be found.
That is why I was impressed when my sister sent me the following article posted by WOOD TV about this guy. This guy is not perfect. And certainly the reason for this article is as much about his reaching 100 years as it is about his faithful service. But the article does celebrate a man’s service to those in need over his life!
It is refreshing when something good turns up in the news!
When it comes to negative PR for Christians we cannot blame the media. Unfortunately, they are usually just reporting on true events. But it is encouraging to me that there are occasional examples of faithful Christians recognized by the media.
If we are living faithful lives of service to others out of love for Christ, we may never make the news. But we may just prove to be one of the only examples to those that know us, that Christians are not just a bunch of menaces to society. And in the event that YOU live to 100, you just might make it on your local news report.