During our last Men’s Christian Development Class, I had the privilege of moderating the Perspectives session of the class.  During this session, we discuss a variety of issues, each giving our opinions and personal beliefs on the topics.

One of the questions I presented asked the men to discuss what they thought the top news story of 2011 was.  So I thought I’d ask you:  What do you think was the top news story of 2011?

Submit your answer via the poll below or if you disagree with the choices, just add a comment to this post.

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  • Great question. I vote for the Arab Spring as I believe it is the beginning of a power shift in the Middle East. As much as we despise the dictatorships of the past, they did mitigate against the rise of fundamentalist Islam. We can anticipate much greater influence from Iran in the months and years ahead.

  • Jim

    Tough question … reminds me of the psychology battle years ago over “Nature or Nurture”, (Does your “heredity” have more influence, or the “environment” you grow up in?) … It is a silly battle because they BOTH play a giant part!  I selected the economy because of the concern over another collapse that might again paralyze the banking industry and leave banks and countries not trusting to lend… and keep the economy going… a lot of fear & greed “out there” blocking progress.   

    • You’re right, our perspective on this will depend on the environment around us.  Thanks for your comments!

  • Housb75

    Very good question. all are just about equal in importance.

    My choice was the Japan Earthquake, first a 9,0 earthquake, one of the biggest
    ever. than this very nasty tsunamy, then the human loss tragedy. it was not as big
    as the human loss in Haiti however. and then the nuclear power stations collapse
    which could have had a much greater impact upon japan itself,but also the whole world.

    • Great points, thanks for your thoughts on this.

  • Wow!  This is a tough question. They were all such great news stories and they still have impact now in 2012. My initial inclination is to choose the Arab Spring or the Global Economy both have unleashed much global instability and insecurity.  But if I must choose one, it would be the Arab Spring. Witnessing the dominance of these modern day totalitarian regimes is downright frightening.  Also, the arrogance and complete disregard for human life by these dictators paired with the democratic nations doing nothing and falling back into a policy of appeasement will likely make the Arab Spring the top news story of 2012 as well.

  • Sis. Jas

    Wow!  This is a tough question. They were all such great news stories and they still have impact now in 2012. My initial inclination is to choose the Arab Spring or the Global Economy both have unleashed much global instability and insecurity.  But if I must choose one, it would be the Arab Spring. Witnessing the dominance of these modern day totalitarian regimes is downright frightening.  Also, the arrogance and complete disregard for human life by these dictators paired with the democratic nations doing nothing and falling back into a policy of appeasement will likely make the Arab Spring the top news story of 2012 as well. 

  • Asha

    The Arab Spring was quite sudden and surprising and also exciting as we watch prophecy being fulfilled. The Japan Tsunami was huge and scary to watch and prophetic as we see earthquakes
    in various places happening.

  • Anonymous

    I picked the Arab Spring because it was the most dramatic change.  The other events in the survey are significant, but they do not rise to the level of the changes in the Arab World.  The economic issues have been with us for a number of years now.  Major catastrophes like the Japanese earthquake occur on a regular basis.  The killing of Bin Laden is not a big deal because he was only one man…his vision continues in his followers.

    • Interesting thought.  Thanks for commenting!

  • Little Hess

    Even though it was lightly reported – a small insert in the U.S.A. TODAY newspaper – the Vatican decision to begin discussions on the feasibility of moving their headquarters from Rome to Jerusalem in the future – have begun talks with Jewish leaders on the subject and secondly the joining of the Church of England ( Anglican Church ) to the Catholic Church in 2012. This is far more N.B. and far reaching with greater consequences than most worldly stories especially to GOD,S people. Gordon.

    • I had not heard about that.  Thanks for the comment

  • Ed Szalankiewicz

    I chose the global economy as I believe it will ultimately be the “trigger” of global turmoil.  Each of the items you list as “nominees” are worthy for their degree of tragedy or geo-political impact.  I doubt there is a correct answer.  If the worlds food supply is negatively impacted at the same time we have economic melt-down “katie-bar-the-door”

    Regards
    “mr. ed”

  • Mroy48

    Arab spring!  Who would have thought how an realignment of  land area subject to a future    king of the South could happen so quickly.  Events still to transpire but add the unstable european economy and a Catholic Church trying to reassert itself and we can only imagine how things could arrange themselves for a major fulfillment of Biblical prophecy in our own lifetime.   

  • ZION HEZEKIAH

    All of the above, and other top news stories of 20011 have economic ramifications to some degree, so I would have to vote for the global economy. And I agree with Mr. Ed when he says “it will ultimately be the trigger of global turmoil”. It will be interesting to see how things unfold  economically in 2012, especially with this being an election year in the US.

    -Hez