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According to John 1:1-3, ultimate reality is not found in a single, solitary person, but in a fellowship of persons. The one who was with God and who also was God is none other than the Son of God, the Beloved of the Father. “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). And this Son, who was in the beginning with the Father, became flesh (John 1:14) and lived among us, and his glory was beheld by humanity, the glory as of the only Son from the Father.

Ultimate reality, then, is not a single person God who creates in order that he might have creatures whom he may command. No, ultimate reality is the eternal love shared between the Father and the Son in the communion of the Spirit.

If the (ultimate) reality of the Father and the Son isn’t what dominates the headlines, then we would do  well not to become so emotionally invested in the headlines we find on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc. Ultimately, those headlines will not make or break us. They’ll likely only encourage cynicism and an us-against-them mindset, neither of which serve humanity or us well at all. A steady headline diet of “The World Will Soon Implode” can drive us to make irrational decisions that make our world even more complex than it already is (see below).

The only headlines that can transform and enrich our lives both now and forever are those that announce something of this sort: “Our story is about what happened when the love between Father and Son was fleshed out within our world. As the Son took up our humanity, joining himself to us, our humanity was taken up in the interplay of love between the divine persons” (Gerrit Dawson, Given and Sent in One Love, p. 25).

Imagine if Fox News, CNN, and USA Today led with this headline: Our Humanity has been Taken Up into the Interplay of the Love Between the Father and the Son. Our lives would feel a whole lot simpler, wouldn’t they? We’d know what really mattered. We’d know that, ultimately, everything would be okay. As a result, we would be far less likely to experience analysis-paralysis. As Chip Heath and Dan Heath write in Made to Stick, “psychologists have found that people can be driven to irrational decisions by too much complexity and uncertainty” (p. 34).

If you want my opinion (and if you read this entire paragraph, you’re at least interested in my opinion enough to read it), these types of headlines we find on our major media outlets play into the hands of the chief enemy of God’s good creation and His image bearers. Timothy Keller nails it when he writes, ”The one thing [the evil one] does not want is that God’s words ‘You are my beloved child’ power the engine of your life and heart” (Timothy Keller, Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions).

Do you long for headlines and “talking heads” that enrich, empower, encourage, inspire, and simplify life for you (I apologize that the words “inspire” and “simplify” did not begin with the letter “e”. The alliteration part of my brain unexpectedly froze up)? Let me invite you to join us for our November 5-7 conference in Durham, NC. Our conference theme is: Simple. Solutions are closer than you think. I promise, if you join us, you’ll leave encouraged and equipped with simple solutions to complex problems.

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