Please know before you read this that my intention is absolutely NOT to offend anyone with this post. It’s meant to serve as encouragement, not criticism. I simply want to draw attention to something that’s been laid on my heart–something I’ve been wrestling with for several weeks given the overall state of affairs in our country (and world, for that matter).
If you’ve watched the news (or social media) for even 5 minutes in the last month, you’ve seen something horrific that’s made you wonder “What is happening to this planet??” With the terror attacks carried out by ISIS, the Ebola virus spreading, tensions with other various countries around the globe, and politics being the general craziness that politics always are, there’s a real shortage of positive news out there. I LOVE that Jimmy Fallon (who I just adore anyway) has aired a segment on the Tonight Show called “I Have Good News…and Good News” to try to counteract some of the overwhelming negativity we’re seeing around us right now.
It’s a scary time of uncertainty on many fronts, and regardless of your political inclinations, it can provoke hostility and alarm. It has in me (hello, anxiety disorder!).
After really struggling with a growing sense of “OHMYGOSHWHATDOWEDOWEHAVETOHIDEWE’REALLGOINGTODIE!” for several days, brought on in large part by a Facebook newsfeed FULL of fear-provoking articles, images and videos, I finally said enough is enough. I started systematically hiding those people from my Facebook. What is bothering me is that EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of those people posting things to cause alarm were Christians. Brothers and sisters, that is NOT what Jesus has called us to do.
How can we point people to Jesus by promoting sensationalism and fear? The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18) and that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We have a Living Hope, we need not fear because our God is always with us. He will never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6) even when things get really scary and when evil prevails. He has left His peace with us, because HE HAS OVERCOME THIS WORLD! (John 16:33) We MUST rejoice in that truth and call the people who are fearful of an unknown future to a God who is already present in the future! To the one who shelters us under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91:4). Who loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us (John 3:16) so that we need not fear.
Let us speak LIFE and LIGHT to one another. JESUS STILL REIGNS!
Praying for peace for those who fear and comfort for those who mourn today.
With much love,