We are back from Lithuania- and I will blog all about it once I get some pics to share. In the meantime…
Missiles in the Middle East; Heightened terrorist alerts; Nuclear threats across the globe; Iraq; Afghanistan; Global warming; Looming hurricanes; Soaring gas prices; Predicted pandemics; Outrageous medical costs; Illegal immigration; Life is not easy in our post-Christian world. We live in a culture of fear.
Every morning our newspaper headlines deliver it. Everyday our twenty-four hour television media outlets thrive on it. Be afraid- be very afraid is the not-so-subtle message.
Some would argue that it has always been this way. We just now have the technology to instantly feed the fears. Certainly fear was a constant in Christ’s day. Even though the iron fist of Rome ruled, Palestine was just as unstable then as now. War, terrorism, disease, poverty and hunger were widespread. The culture of fear is simply the culture of man.
But not of God! (See 2nd Timothy 1:7) Christ confronted even our deepest fears and conquered them. His resurrection triumph revealed fear’s empty power. Wars will rage, injustice will abound, disease will take its toll, economies will fluctuate and poverty will always exist, but in Christ we do not have to fear them. Believe this:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”No in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
Now contrast that message with that of the daily news and then allow Christ to banish the power of fear from your heart. Jesus has completely demolished the culture of fear through the grace of heaven and has replaced it with his culture of victory.
Maybe that was the message of good news that captivated so many of his generation. Maybe it will do the same now.