Gina Moore

I’ve nearly stopped watching the news. Although I know one particular trial has been highly publicized lately, I have not watched any of the coverage.

It’s not that I don’t care. Of course I care about the man’s life and the disturbing way it ended.

I’m just not taking the bait.

Please don’t misunderstand and think I’m making light of this very public case or any of the issues surrounding it.

I didn’t follow the case pre-trial either – mainly because I’ve lost interest in being swept downstream in rushing cultural currents and swirling, tumultuous drama perpetuated by so many purported news sources.

Life is full of enough challenges and tensions without me tuning in to feed on more.

Switching through the channels or tapping a few keys literally gives us remote access to a whole smorgasbord of indigestion-inducing drama.

Months ago, heavy and bloated, I began pushing my chair back from the table.

At first, FOMO (fear of missing out) knocked at the door but soon left. Peace began lingering longer. Contentment even showed up again and asked to stay a while – and what a welcome guest!

Turns out, if we’re willing to swim upstream, we’re likely to find those still waters.

That is, if we follow where God leads.

When we exhibit symptoms of that heart-heaviness, we can bet it’s time to seek advice from the great physician.

You know – the one the psalmist says wants to restore our souls.

Just as we’re advised to chew our food slowly and thoroughly to aid in digestion and to avoid overeating, seems we’d sure be wise to apply these to our consumption of most anything.

After all, binging on all that’s available, just because it’s right there at our fingertips or may even titillate our taste buds, just isn’t healthy (especially for our heart.)

If only right could be right and wrong could be wrong.

And, of course, if only everyone would do the right thing, what a peaceful, beautiful world we could have. Brings to mind the little saying my husband loves to quote, “If ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, what a merry Christmas it would be!”

I guess I’ve just grown skeptical of finding truth on television or social media.

But, although the sources may be louder and more numerous these days, I’m not sure much has really changed.

Deception, lies, manipulation, cover-ups – they’re not new to the party. After all, they started long ago at a garden party.

And getting a fair trial has been a challenge seen throughout history.

This is the stuff of novels and movies.

Perhaps on the heels of our recent Easter celebrations, it’s especially appropriate to note that it is also the stuff of the Bible.

Look at what happened to Jesus! So much for innocent until proven guilty.

Bribes, plots, setups, lies, false witnesses and broken laws escorted Jesus to Calvary. Fulfilling a prophecy, he went anyway.

He wasn’t the one exonerated. But, through him, we were!

“The religious leaders weren’t interested in giving Jesus a fair trail. In their minds, Jesus had to die. This blind obsession led them to pervert the justice they were appointed to protect.”

Blind obsessions. Funny how easy they are to see, and not just in the world of politics.

But back to Jesus’ time on earth, continuing to quote from my study Bible:

“Jesus’ trial was actually a series of hearings, carefully controlled to accomplish the death of Jesus. The verdict was pre-decided, but certain ‘legal’ procedures were necessary. A lot of effort went into condemning and crucifying an innocent man. Jesus went through an unfair trail in our place so that we would not have to face a fair trial and receive the well-deserved punishment for our sins.”

Although I won’t be watching Court TV this week, as with any trial, my hope is for justice to be served and especially for anyone guilty to be convicted and redeemed.

Allow me to give thanks that “convicted” and “condemned” are very different words.

Conviction and redemption are such beautiful words for those who believe.

And we Tennesseans, from the Volunteer State, surely must grasp the magnitude of what Jesus voluntarily did for us – to redeem us.

Perhaps when life doesn’t seem fair, we should actually take a deep breath and be thankful.

Because Jesus redeemed us, those who accept him as their lord and savior and repent of their sins are born again, their sins covered and washed away by his blood – rather than standing in wait of the verdict and the handing down of punishment for what we really deserve.

Also, although no defense for Jesus was sought or allowed, we can ironically give thanks that our risen savior presides, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, where he continues to serve as our advocate.

Jesus Christ, our advocate for all the trials of life - what a blessed assurance!

So no remote control needed for me these days. The stories and drama unfolding within the Bible’s pages are enough.

And, after feeding on this drama, I can actually sleep – resting securely in God’s promises.

“For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence … Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:24, 27-28)

Gina Moore, a news-editorial journalism major, has operated Marketplace Consignment Sale for 26 years and has worked part-time at Treasures. She also enjoys country cooking, reading and writing about motherhood, life on the farm and how God’s love and lessons surround residents.