Why are we so susceptible to fear?
It seems like Christians are some of the worst when it comes to knowing, and I mean really KNOWING that God is in control of all things.
Last week while I was traveling around the country promoting Camp KIVU, I was listening to all kinds of talk radio. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck, were a mainstay from drive to drive.
Don't get me wrong, I think those guys have done remarkable jobs at waking up American concerning the issues of Conservatism, but I noticed, every time I listened to them my heart started beating faster and faster; almost like it does when I watch a scary movie or something.
Of course, the majority of the conversation was surrounding all this government spending going on in Washington, and I couldn't agree more. As citizens who have a play in the role of government, we need to be in the game. We need the brightest minds around to think, process, and ultimately execute a plan whereby the government can be kept in check; but where we can also reach out to our neighbors as a country filled with people who live this human condition together.
But the fear?
Why do all those kinds of guys use the fear of the end of the world to gain ratings?
It seems like the bias presented on talk radio tends to lean conservative, so I assume most of the listeners are conservative. So why are conservatives so moved by fear?
Rush was talking like the integrity of the health system was on the verge of collapse.
Sean was taking a stab at everybody in Washington (which I tend to agree with by the way)
And Mr. Beck gets his low voice in the Microphone and claims that the world is ending.
And we buy that stuff!
I was reading in Matthew 22 yesterday, "Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They
sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they
said, "we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of
God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you
pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"
"Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." (Matthew 22:15-21)
I don't doubt we need to be involved in the government process at some level.
I don't doubt we need to be concerned with the high level of spending going on concerning an economic system here in America.
I'm a firm believer in the role of the citizen in the government.
But when it becomes the central issue to someone's life, we've missed the point.
I wonder if we gave to God a little more, if we'd even be having this debate for health care. Maybe if we took serious, "Love your Neighbor" there wouldn't be people out there without quality health care.
What if we gave to God a little more concerning possessions. "Don't store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moths and rust destroy, but store up for yourself treasures in heaven." Remember that part? We might not have an economic melt down, because people would get what they need, and leave on the table what they greed.
What if we gave to God a little more with integrity and depth of character, people who just 'do the right thing' as I heard Gen. Schwarzkopf once say at a symposium for college students? We might not have people in housing crisis', un-necessary litigation as people search for unrealistic punitive damages, or health insurance gouging.
It seems like we've missed the point.
We've given into fear and the system, and we've become a culture of weak minded people allowing news outlets to control the way we think.
Let me propose this…
1. Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. Let's put our priority of time in the message of Jesus, and let the world take care of itself. Focus on how you can change the immediate community around you. How can you care for those without health care? How can you provide for people that may need a little help in a recession? How can you become the hands and feet of God during a hard time here in America.
2. The only way money ceases to become the issue in our world is when we give it away. Try and give away this weekend. Give to the Salvation Army guys ringing the bell. Give the homeless guys on the corner when you're shopping at the malls. Let's make this economic crisis a time where the world can see believers who don't stop giving, caring, and having compassion on those who are still living under the bridge, eating out of the trash, and just trying to survive.
3. Let's tell Glenn Beck, Rush, and Sean, and all the liberal media we are a people that don't fear the unknown, because we believe in a God of reconciliation. He alone is the answer for our world. Government doesn't work. Economics doesn't work. Military doesn't work. Health care won't work. Tea Parties don't work. Walks on Washington Don't work. The only viable answer is to follow Jesus.
Only by truly living the message of Jesus, can we be effective agents of change in the world, and put this fear at bay.
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7)
May you go, and become God's hands and feet in a world that needs Him.