They’re called human interest stories, and they are available every day, they happen at every moment of the day all across the planet. Media outlets search for them continuously, they are an excellent source of revenue, and no media outlet is able to broadcast without revenue. The largest ones search through the news of the smaller ones, and when one is found that they believe will draw your attention, they run with it, so to speak. The stations are happy because their viewers increase, the advertisers are happy, because more people will see the products they have to offer, and people are once again diverted from anything that is consequential, that might add value to their lives.
“And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.” (Luke 23:8)
Nothing really changes, radio preceded television, newspapers preceded radio, word of mouth was before that, people enjoy useless information more than almost anything, it gives them talking points at the water cooler, it offers them pride, especially if they are the first to break the news, it offers conversational topics, and it keeps them blind.
One of Satan’s main responsibilities, if you will, is to keep minds off Christ, off of the eternal, and if you own a cell phone, a computer or a television, you can quite easily see that he is performing his task adequately. From the reason why the ambulance went by your house yesterday to the supposed flu, everything is meant to be a diversion, everything is meant to keep people’s eyes off the cross. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Cor. 4:4) Diversions and temptations, the simplest of tasks, for man is easily diverted in his attention, and temptations are rarely despised by mankind, in fact, most seek for them.
To keep our minds off of Christ is to keep them off eternity, to keep them off of our certain death, when man is not thinking about what will happen to him after he takes his last breath here, he is easily led around, for life is long, and the diversions are actually sought out, the alternative is far too frightening for most. To keep every thought captive for Christ (2 Cor. 10:5) is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives, to contemplate the eternal, to ponder our own death and the One that all are accountable to.
This world for the time being belongs to Satan, he is the father of lies, (John 8:44) and so all that is of the world is a lie, meant to divert our attention from where it should be, on Christ. This is the battle we fight every day, and only those that realize the truth can assist those who cannot, for whether they be saved or lost, this world’s pull, Satan’s world, is stronger than most will ever realize. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)
These things are only found in the world, and in the heart of man is the only place that they can grow, if we do not desire a thing, it has no value to us. Sometime, probably very soon after you read this short letter, you will begin to renew your search for the world, you will seek out the latest news broadcast, the important information that you believe is necessary for the continuance of your life. I would ask you to ponder this, what news of the world have you watched in the last few days that Christ is going to be interested in hearing your opinion on when you meet Him? They’re called diversions my friends, and you must be able to recognize them as such.