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What's New?

Let the man with two coats give to him that has none
Luke 3:10-18

Sermon Topic Good News

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 3:10


"I've got goods news for you," a father said to his little girl. "God has just sent you a baby brother." "Great!" she exclaimed. "Where's mom? I can't wait to tell her." We all like to hear good news and pass it on to others. Regrettably, modern man appears to be more attentive to bad news.

"The News" has become something of a fetish in modern society. A few years ago, a labor-management dispute resulted in a strike which closed down all the newspapers in a big city. TV channels and radio stations reported an abrupt rise in the size of their newscast audiences. In the next town, where there was no strike, police reported a rash of street-corner newspaper thefts. It was highly profitable for a thief to steal a bundle or two and sell them in the neighboring news-starved city at premium prices. One enterprising person began to publish a poorly edited and crudely printed tabloid. Immediately the demand was greater than the supply. Overnight, the circulation of this very inferior newspaper rose from zero to one hundred thousand.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of our news-hungry Age is the peculiar nature of the tremendous craving for "what's new." We need only to glance at the headlines to discover that the bad news prevails over the good. With only a few notable exceptions, news editors seize every opportunity to feature sensationalism-a code word for scandalous human conduct of every sort, with violence, brutality and sex leading the list. Does this mean the journalist Establishment is tainted with a peculiar, inherent mania for disseminating bad news; that we are victimized by "good news is no news" editorial policies? I doubt that this would be a fair assessment. In the final analysis, major newspapers are run, not by their editors, but by their circulation managers. (Remember, I said there were a few notable exceptions.) The circulation manager's primary concern is to sell newspapers. And to sell newspapers, circulation managers believe in featuring news with the broadest public appeal. Front pages will reflect, more or less, the general public's assessment of [...]

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