In a world that is becoming more and more digital, we took a step backwards a few years ago and ordered daily delivery of the local newspaper. I love reading through it everyday because it helps me with my Spanish as well keeping me informed about what is going on in the city of Medellín and the world. In these present times, it also gives us a much needed break from screen time! It is nice to have something real to hold on to!
René Padilla is a well-known Latin American theologian under whom Ricardo took the last class for his Ph.D. One of René's phrases that Ricardo repeats is that "Christians should hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." You see, we need to stay connected with what is going on in the Word as well as what is going on in the world in order to provide relevant answers to the questions that society is asking.
Our family is reading through the Books of Kings right now. Too many chapters, particularly in 2 Kings, contain this description of the current king, "he did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord." Even several of the few kings who "did what was right in the eyes of the Lord" failed to remove the high places of idol worship that were prevalent in their society. These kings, I think, were too concerned with current events to concern themselves with God's teaching. They lacked the necessary balance of the Word and the world. It continues to be a struggle, even for those of us who are not kings.