Church Message

Images We Didn’t See in the Storms
By Ronald Gallagher

Church message imageChurch sponsors jul17The storm scenes on our TVs have been shifting so quickly lately, it’s been hard to figure out what was happening where, and to whom, and on what day. We’re hit with more data than we can process and more images pouring through our eyes than our brains can sort out.

Predicting the actual intensity of the storm with any certainty may have been difficult, if not impossible, but predicting the intensity of the news coverage was easy. We’ve seen their work before, and we knew that we would be subjected to a non-stop barrage. As expected, we saw situations and circumstances whose destructive toll on the victims was inexpressible. But we noticed, too, that the terrible scenes were interspersed with equally powerful exhibitions of courage, sacrificial selflessness, and acts of genuine heroism. Those images implanted thoughts and feelings in us that were, and still remain, inexpressibly good, and that prompts an observation that I think is particularly relevant at this point.

As the storms move into hurricane history, the frenzied media people have already begun to do evaluations. Across the country and around the world, groups of executives, administrators, producers, reporters, consultants, technicians, camera folks, stagehands, wardrobe people, and probably the guy in charge of snacks will gather and begin asking questions like, "How’d we do?” and "Did it work?”

Maybe we should pause and reflect on what we saw, as well. But instead of cataloging what we saw, let’s consider the significance of a few things we did not see.

For instance, we did not see hundreds of masked, black clad Antifa warriors down there tossing aside their pepper spray, along with their bats, pipes, bottles, bricks, and 2x4 clubs in favor of risking their own lives to save others and engage in a battle against a real threat. Mobs of them seem to be able to pop up out of nowhere in a moment’s notice and invade any city, town, village, or hamlet where conservatives might be prominent, but they totally missed Houston. In spite of thousands upon thousands of obvious believers in traditional American values being highlighted by every news agency in the country 24/7, the Antifa bunch was strangely absent.

Another well-funded, well-organized, camera-hungry, highly-mobile group that leftists in every category virtually idolize somehow missed the hurricane opportunity. Regardless of the fact that tens of thousands of black lives were in life-threatening peril, I don’t recall seeing a horde of BLM "activists” using their profanity- laced signs to paddle boats and canoes and risk their lives to help them. Maybe they were afraid that they might have to share the stage with the heroic law enforcement officers, no matter their race, who were down there working themselves into total exhaustion, and in at least one case, losing their life, trying to save others regardless of their skin color.

Another report I missed was the one where a bunch of "progressive” professors from liberal schools were letting their students out of class and offering extra credit to go help rescue people in Texas. Funny… there were lots of them looking for news cameras to announce their plans to empty their classrooms and offer them credit to take to the streets in defiance of oppression and to demonstrate that the left cares so much more about the oppressed than anybody. I guess people being stripped of everything and left homeless and destitute by Harvey and Irma isn’t oppressive enough to move them.

Oh… I also missed seeing the "snowflakes”. I thought surely they would show up with puppies, coloring books, playdough, and bubbles, demanding "safe spaces” for those offended by the storm.

In light of that, consider this simple piece of wisdom from Solomon, who said, "As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25 NKJV). Wow… good news can have an amazingly rejuvenating and revitalizing impact, can’t it?

Disaster from storms is a natural thing, but even in the midst of devastating circumstances, news of them always includes uplifting examples of the best that humanity has to offer. Disasters caused by anarchist groups breaking things, hurting people, burning cars, shouting obscenities, and promoting lawlessness is not a natural phenomenon, and news of them always includes depressing examples of the worst that humanity has to offer.

We can’t stop the hurricanes, but if the cameras didn’t show up to record the anarchists’ riots, the anarchists would stop showing up, as well. Wouldn’t it be a refreshing thing if we stopped consuming the toxic images, and let those who direct the cameras know why we’re turning them off?

In addition to being an active writer, speaker, teacher, and blogger, Ron Gallagher serves in a variety of roles as a ministry consultant for local churches. His Biblical insights are coupled with down-to-earth humor, satire, and relevant stories, all aimed at promoting "right side up thinking in an upside down world.” Ron strives to apply God’s truth in a way that stimulates the mind, encourages the heart, and challenges the cultural norm.  Check out his blog, "Gallagher’s Pen” at


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