How many of us watched soccer or heard the word FIFA for the first time? The World Cup was quite popular in 2014 as we watched men and women from across the world dual for the #1 spot. The World Cup was one of the most popular Google searches in 2014, yet who won? In an extra time goal, Germany won over Argentina. Medals are a wonderful thing, but the Bible warns us: “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Matthew 6:19-21)
In 2014, 4,877 people across the world died from the Ebola virus. A storm of panic crept over the United States as the media began a feeding frenzy on the possibility of a nationwide Ebola outbreak. Medical staff were retrained. New Ebola outfits were purchased for first responders and hospitals across the country. Parents, teachers, and government officials were on high alert. The world watched as America panicked. The Bible says “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
These 3 subjects were the top trending searches on Google in 2014. As we want to be “set apart”, it is also important that we understand the temperature of our culture. As Billy Graham used to say “with one hand on the Bible and the other hand on a newspaper”. To reach our generation, we need to understand them. While keeping up with the latest trends is not on the forefront for most of us, we can still apply the Scripture to every situation we face – good and bad. God does not forget this great country or His people. He loves us and wants us to reach those around us every day. That is what we are truly here for. This week, tell at least one friend or person you come in contact about the wonderful peace God gives.