The current “crisis” in our news is an economic one. I’m not going to post any comment on this (you probably don’t care what I think the cause was or the best way out of it!) But from a preaching standpoint I have a comment to make. While the media present things a certain way, the reality may touch the lives of listeners in different ways. Perhaps the current economic crisis is a disaster for some, only a worry for others, and maybe even a help for some. I spoke recently with someone working “in the city” who is busier than ever due to the present “crisis.”
At other times the crisis has been different. A war in a foreign land may be a foreign policy issue for many, but for some in the church it may be a significant concern since they have loved ones in that land, or in the armed forces.
It is easy to take the media perspective on current events (a habit worthy of significant questioning in itself), but fail to recognize the more diverse implications for listeners. It would be a great shame to allow popular opinion shifts to become insensitive comments to some listeners. For example, people may tire of a war or ongoing news story and grow complacent, critical or dismissive – but for some listeners with vested interest, it may be a reality that they live with each moment.
All that to say . . . we need to know our listeners. We preach to them, not to the television.