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Holy Headlines

Headlines usually represent the most important news item covered by a newspaper or news broadcast. What are we to think, then, of the following actual headlines which turn out to be hilarious even if the stories they represent are dead serious?

* Lawyer Says Client Is Not That Guilty.

* Iraqi Head Seeks Arms.

*Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say.

* Gas Cloud Clears Out Taco Bell.

* Man Found Dead in Cemetery.

*Woman Improving After Fatal Crash.

* Marijuana issue Sent to a Joint Committee.

* War Dims Hopes For Peace.

*Properly Drafted Will Reduces Anxiety After Death.

* Kids Make Nutritious Snacks.

* Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge.







We are used to horrendous headlines, but they can on occasion be very, very happy. You must be aware of the recent happy and history-making headlines out of the South American country of Chile'. Near Copiapo, 33 miners who had been trapped a half-mile underground for 69 days were successfully hoisted to the surface! In what was called a "complicated but flawless operation," the miners were hauled out one-by-one through 2,050 feet of rock in a metal capsule barely wider than a man's shoulders. Reporters wore our ears out with practically every superlative in human language to describe the rescue. Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show described it as "flawless, dramatic, remarkable, amazing." An online article at usatoday.com said the rescue was "thrilling" and that the 33 miners' rescue from beneath the Chilean desert was "the culmination of a mythic tale of death and resurrection that briefly united the world in awed delight." Other descriptions in the same article said the rescue was "absolutely mind-blowing." The article noted that while mine rescues are a staple of cable TV news, "This was 'something else: Never had so many been trapped so low for so long and emerged alive." Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, said, "Western civilization doesn't come up with stories much better." And finally, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it "a rare blessing when the earth gives back up those it has trapped." If you have any happy in you, these headlines have to bring it out!

I am always amazed at the world's reaction to a dramatic rescue story. Whether it is miners trapped underground, hikers in a snowstorm, passengers on a sinking ship at sea, climbers on a snow-covered mountain, or Baby Jessica in a well in Midland, TX (1987), there is something about a rescue story that grabs the human heart and stirs hope within the human spirit, especially if it is dramatic. That is why the Gospel is still relevant to our modern day world, and why it still captures and stirs the hearts of millions of people worldwide. The Gospel continues to report the news of Jesus' journey to Earth and His mission to rescue a world trapped and buried in sin. The apostle Paul sums it up in when he asserts in Galatians 1:4 that Jesus "gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father." We ought to thank God much for the historic headlines that 33 miners have been rescued from a half-mile hole in the ground. We ought to thank God much more for the holy headlines that through and in Christ every person on Earth can be rescued from sin and the grave! Think about it.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ