The National Inquirer was established in 1926. This supermarket tabloid is designed to be an impulse purchase as you wait in line at grocery stores across the country. This magazine will pay sources for tips, a practice generally disapproved of by the mainstream press. Subsequently, many of the stories inside are fantasies, gossip and rumors that are unsubstantiated. For this reason, the National Inquirer has developed a reputation as a joke, something to read for a good laugh and not taken as a serious source for journalism. Nonetheless, times are changing and what used to be considered crazy is now being verbalized daily by paid protestors.
He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went into a Samaritan village to make arrangements for Him; 53 but the people would not welcome Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem, Luke 9:52-53.
Due to human nature, anyone can make bizarre, outlandish and stupid comments. During the first century, the disciples made a statement that was front cover material, a story that might peak the interest of the National Inquirer if it existed at that time. The headlines reading something like “Sodom and Gomorrah 2,” as disciples try to convince Jesus to call down fire from heaven. However, this slip of the tongue is immediately addressed by Jesus. In the passage below, Jesus is unsettled by this thought, correcting this error by explaining the proper mindset to possess in the future.
When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and destroy them?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them [and He said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are; 56 for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they journeyed on to another village, Luke 9:54-56.
Due to the invention of social media, comments, tweets and words are getting individuals into trouble every day. Employers are now screening the internet, examining previous posts by prospective candidates. Many qualified people are being denied the job of their dreams due to careless statements from their past. While you may feel compelled to express your point of view from time to time, you might want to reconsider before you press send. If not you will find yourself in a similar situation to the disciples, embarrassed and rebuked publicly.
by Jay Mankus