Chuck Terrill: Heard any good news, lately?
In thinking about 2021, some keywords readily came to my mind: COVID-19, stimulus checks, tornados, Hurricane Ida, immunizations, Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, Alec Baldwin, Bernie Sander’s mittens, Dr. Fauci, Biden, Trump, Elon Musk, James Webb Space Telescope, mask mandates.
Your mental list will probably contain other notable events. What I noticed about my list of news for 2021 was the absence of good news. I seriously searched my mind for any major news event that was of a positive nature. I couldn't think of a single newsworthy, positive story of a national or international nature. In some people’s books, federal stimulus checks might be considered “good news.” It would be so much better if COVID and all its variants hadn’t made those checks necessary.
But closer to home, we can find more to celebrate. Our community is made up of people of moral value, who care for their neighbors with love and respect. Our police department is comprised of men and women of excellent character. Our police officers are competent and fair, and worthy of our admiration and support. Our schools are excellent schools, filled with caring educators who are doing the best job possible in these difficult times. Our city council puts up with a lot of criticism yet continue to act in the best interests of our community. Our fire department is among the best in the state, with fast response times to every type of emergency. Our local businesses are competent and honest, offering reasonable prices. Our local churches are Christ centered and community minded. Indeed, we are fortunate to be living in Cassville, Missouri as the year 2022 begins.
The best “good news” that I know of, which rarely makes the news, is the “good news” of the gospel. The word “gospel” literally means, “good news.” The gospel is the news that God broke into human history by sending His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world. Most people know that the good news of the gospel includes the death of Christ on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for mankind's sins. To receive the forgiveness of sin, offered by Christ, one must accept Christ as Savior and Lord. It is my prayer that in 2022 untold millions will accept Christ as Lord. In our day of depressing headlines, we need some good news.
“You also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the good news of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1.13)
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.