To Fear or Not to Fear

During the last few months I have had a number of discussions with an assortment of people that I know, about many of the different things that are transpiring within this world that we live in. What with Covid 19, the coming Presidential election in the United States and a host of other noteworthy occurrences, there has been no shortage of things in which to become anxious or concerned about. 

And all the while, I have been reading God’s Word and praying, trying to ascertain the path that God would have me walk, especially in light of the escalating concerns that we all face. And, just to make it even more interesting, especially as it pertains to this cloud of escalating circumstances, dependent upon the source that one draws information from, there is an abundance of conflicting information that is available, which produces a wide assortment of conflicting opinions. 

During this time I have focused on the attributes of the Kingdom of God as it relates to this world that we live in, where Jesus continually admonishes us to be in the world but not of the world . I’ve earnestly looked at the words that Jesus left us for guidance and asked God for the leading of His Holy Spirit within me, to deal with the anxiousness and often times, short sightedness and unkind temperament of both myself and others that I interact with. I’ve acknowledged the lack of love that I frequently see within myself and others, in exchanges that focus on what is going on around us. 

My biggest concern is the lack of love that I see, because as the Apostle Paul states, no matter what we do, if it isn’t done in love, the end result is that it matters not. 1 Corinthians 13 refers.

And the bigger picture that is slowly materializing, both from within myself and what I see in others, is one in which the motivating factor is fear. Fear of what will happen if . . . . , what will happen next . . . . and fear of being controlled or manipulated by sinister spiritual forces represented by current physical individuals or organizations. 

There are many conspiracy theories being propagated by many well intended Christians right now. 

What I would ask you to do is to honestly consider the following questions:

  1. How much time and effort have you used towards this endeavour?
  2. How long did it take you to come to the understanding that you now hold and how much time and effort will you expend on continuing this activity in the future?
  3. Who is it (who or what are your sources) that you draw from that puts all of this understanding that you now have, together for you? Are they or could they be of questionable reliability?
  4. What is the objective behind all of the indications of the manipulation that is supposedly being done? In other words, what is the desired end result they wish to achieve?
  5. Does this understanding you now have build your faith and trust in Jesus or does it rely on your own ability of continuing to be kept abreast of the ever expanding influence of those who would control this world?
  6. Is the root of this activity to increase fear and mistrust, as it relates to being unknowingly controlled and manipulated by sinister spiritual forces that are at work?
  7. Are you aware that we are told NOT to lean into our own understanding but to trust in God (Proverbs 3:5-6) and He will make our paths straight?
  8. Are you aware that we are told in God’s Word not to buy into any of the constantly changing conspiracy theories that are continually being propagated by those who would have us place our faith and trust in THEIR ability to alert and warn you about what is unfolding, according to THEIR ability to understand?
  9. Are you aware that Conspiracy theories are not new and neither is their source.
  10. Have you considered the following Scripture from Isaiah?  “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread (Isaiah 8:12-13).
  11. Have you considered that when we become known more for the conspiracies we are promoting, than for the Gospel we proclaim, we have let some other identity define us?
  12. Are you aware that if any of these conspiracies should prove to be wrong, this has a direct relationship to the credibility of our Christian witness towards the unsaved? Who wins when that happens?
  13. Considering that fear and dread for anything or one other than the Lord are NOT to be the motivation factors that we are to adhere to, why do we still justify their pursuit?
  14. When we say “THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, HE makes me to lie down in green pastures, HE leads me beside quiet waters, HE restores my soul (Psalm 23), what exactly do we mean?
  15. Considering that Jesus told us of what was to come in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, SO THAT IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. BUT TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”, how does this relate to the turmoil that we are now engulfed in?
  16. In Luke 12:1-7 where Jesus tells us “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” and “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” What hypocrisy do we follow when we fear what we are told not to fear?

I could go on but I’m thinking that you will catch the drift of what is being said here. When we abandon love for fear, when we forsake God’s guidance and follow our own understanding, that is not moving closer to God, that is moving away. His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), yet we continually ignore that reality. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6). Either this is a reality or it isn’t. 

Am I advocating indifference? No I am not. And it has nothing to do with being indifferent, it has to do with the reality that Jesus is Lord. Take necessary common sense precautions (do not deliberately test God – Matthew 4:7), vote as you are led to vote (Matthew 22:21) but I would admonish you to seriously consider the consequences of pursuing that which God, in my estimation, asks us not to pursue.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

14 comments

  1. Good points, Bruce. We witness so much anger and fear among temporally-minded believers. Whenever we visited our grandson in Germany, I was mildly interested in the country, but I wasn’t zealously passionate about it. We must develop the mindset of sojourners in this world, and ambassadors and emissaries of our Heavenly King rather than deeply-rooted and prideful patriots. I’m only 80 miles from the US/CA border and I have MUCH MORE in common with my Canadian brothers and sisters than I do with all of the unbelievers living in the States.

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    • Hi Annie, yes it bothers me too. Credibility isn’t something that is easily regained once it is lost and it’s relatively easy to lose it without adding additional risk to the equation. Thanks for taking the time to comment, always appreciated. Blessings! 🙂

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