Why Are We Afraid?


It seems very contradictory to me that so many of those who call themselves Christians in the United States are being driven by “fear” in what they say and do.   For Christians to live in fear is a sign of their lack of trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness to be with them whatever happens.

Politicians regularly use “fear” as the basis for attacking their opponents and to appeal to the general public for their votes.    “If my opponent is elected then you we will go bankrupt as a nation!”  they cry as they appeal to your sense of fear.  We are going to be over-run by illegal aliens at our border, they howl!   What other reason can we use to explain the hateful expressions, clenched fists, and signs ‘We don’t want you here!” inflicted on innocent children on buses at the border of Mexico and other locations,  than expressions of irrational  fear?

In our cities people live  constantly in fear.  In Kansas we are now legally allowed to carry weapons (guns and knives) practically any place we go.   The weapons don’t even have to be concealed anymore!   Switch-blade knives are now legal!   We have even passed a law trying to keep  federal agents from enforcing federal gun laws in Kansas.   The sale of all kinds of guns have made the cash registers dance in gunshops all over the state the last few years  as the state legislature has gotten rid of practically all the laws, even in cities such as Wichita, that regulate the carrying of weapons.   And the so-called law-makers have based their actions on the fear that the public has of being attacked.  Every time there is a mass shooting somewhere in the nation, the gun sales in Kansas skyrocket!

The phrase “Do not Fear” appears  58 times in the Bible.   Let me give you just a few examples:

Mark 5:36:   Jesus counseled Jairus concerning the death of his daughter in these words:   “Do not fear, only believe!”

Matthew 14:27:  Jesus told his disciples who were frightened out of their wits  as they saw him walking on the water in the storm on the sea of Galilee:   “”Take heart!   It is I.   Do not fear”.

Luke 2:10:  On the night of Jesus’ birth, the angel told the shepherds:   “Do not be afraid—see I am bringing you news of great joy….”

Psalm 23:4:    The Psalmist says:   “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.”

Today’s Christians need to pay heed to these words:   “Do not fear!”   As Paul tells the Roman Church—-“If God is for us, who is against us?  ….Who will separate us from the love of Christ?   Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?….No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.   For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present\, nor things to come, nor power, nor height, jor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christians, do you believe this?   IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IT THEN WHY ARE YOU AFRAID?    Fear not—-God is with you always.   Trust God !   Fear Not!   Do not be afraid! 



4 responses to “Why Are We Afraid?

  1. Jim,
    Preach on brother! We spend out lives daily getting ready to die.
    Death is inevitable whether we are ready or not. It is going to happen.
    Wise Christians spend their lives daily giving their wisdom, energy and
    possessions away for the benefit of others and in the process glorify God.
    In doing this they are ready for death whenever, however and wherever it
    happens. Martin Luther King, Sister Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Dee Bell,
    Kay’s husband were committed and ready. How do you take life away
    from somebody who has already given it away? You can’t. They have
    already done it. You can stop them from breathing but you can’t stop
    who they were and what they stood for. That goes on and death can
    not erase it. Such servants do not live in fear. They spend their lives
    giving rather than taking. Their memory lives on. Good work Jim.
    – – – – – – – – Dick

  2. Christians can trust God but not other people. I’m not afraid of dying (I’m actually ready to go anytime) but like everyone else, I have preferences for the manner in which I leave this world. Also, given the opportunity, I would defend and protect others from the evil of this world.

    • Thanks for your comment. I agree with what you wrote. I wrote more of a “generalized fear” or anxiety that so controls our lives it leads us to be and do things that are irrational.

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