Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Public Relations (Part 2)
Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, 'Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.'
Genesis 9:20-25 (NIV)
A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
Proverbs 11:13 (NKJV)
When God's famous survivor, Noah, 'A preacher of righteousness' (2 Peter 2:5), was discovered drunk and naked inside his tent, his youngest son (Ham) left the scene of the accident. Instead of tending to the victim, he ran to tell the tale. His punishment? Noah spoke a generational curse upon Ham's youngest son, Canaan, which shadowed his descendants.
Bad news travels quickly, like a violent wind--especially when it's carried on the massive wings of a serpent called Satan.
'Media studies show that bad news far outweighs good news by as much as seventeen negative news reports for every one good news report... We are in a state of 'learned helplessness.' At the worst, continual bad news can stimulate a state of depression, and people who concentrate on all the bad news work themselves up emotionally and become much more likely to make unwise decisions' (Psychology Today).*
If negativity and depression lead to unwise decisions, the author of confusion is fanning a five-alarm fire.
'Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell' (James 3:5-6).
On the other hand, good news travels sweetly, like a gentle breeze--especially when it's carried on the delicate wings of a Dove called the Holy Spirit.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: today's media is like a mudslide, tornado and five-alarm fire--all rolled into one: a disaster of supernatural proportions claiming millions of lives. At the same time, God's Hand still rules... and for such a time as this, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) is leashed.
God's still small Voice will be heard through His stars--as they rise in faith and fearlessness. By His Spirit, you are those Doves. By His Son, your news is good. So fly. Fly high with finesse into the murky maelstrom of media--and don't be afraid.
Because you are 'Blessed when you go out' (Deuteronomy 28:6).** You carry God's peace--even in the eye of a hurricane. Because His Eye is upon you.
To Be Continued...
* 'Why we love bad news': http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201012/why-we-love-bad-news
** Also see Psalm 121:8: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20121&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Public Relations series.