I don’t know about you, but my senses have been overloaded a little bit recently with all of the pain & suffering going on in the world. To be sure, there are always calamities, and pain — but lately, it simply seems to be more acute.
As I perused the on-line news again today, I was reminded of this suggestion by the eminent theologian Karl Barth, as told by an interviewer from a Time Magazine piece on Barth published on Friday, May 31, 1963.
“[Barth] recalls that 40 years ago he advised young theologians ‘to take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.'”
The Time article goes on to give us more of Barth’s thoughts on journalists and their place in the world:
“Newspapers, he says, are so important that ‘I always pray for the sick, the poor, journalists, authorities of the state and the church – in that order. Journalists form public opinion. They hold terribly important positions. Nevertheless, a theologian should never be formed by the world around him – either East or West. He should make his vocation to show both East and West that they can live without a clash. Where the peace of God is proclaimed, there is peace on earth is implicit. Have we forgotten the Christmas message?'”
Pray for the sick and poor today in this world who are suffering from the earthquake that devastated parts of China