What I Read Today;
Romans 8, Matthew 8, Isaiah 8, Job 8, Joshua 8, Genesis 8
Fear is a tool that people use to manipulate others since the beginning of time. 2020 was a classic example of some using fear to control many.
As the Coronovirus swept through our nation, two groups of fear mongers came out of the woodworks.
The first group decided that to protect us from the virus, we needed to be locked down. We needed to hide. They mandated the hours we could shop, what and where we could eat, and what businesses would live or die. They frequently took to the microphones with dire warnings of death and disease. As the months have warned on, these governors and health directors have not let up. They have used fear of the virus to control and, in some cases, harm people.
The second group uses fear differently. They accuse the first group of seeking to gain control by using fear of the virus. This group believes that the other group wants to take away their rights. They think that they are taking away our right to worship, our right to own guns, and our freedoms.
The theme of Romans 8 should be, “There is no need to fear anymore.”
We don’t need to fear the disease. God has already set our place in heaven. So we nullify the fear that group 1 attempts to push on us.
But that doesn’t mean that we live recklessly. That doesn’t mean that we stop wearing masks or washing our hands. We do those things out of love for our neighbor. We do those things to honor God by taking care of our bodies. It means that even if we get the virus and the worst happens, God has prepared a place for us and where we are going will ultimately be far better than where we live right now. The fear group 2 pushes centers around us, losing some of our rights and freedoms. Yet if we live by Jesus’ example, we should be willing to give up those very rights and freedoms if it means saving our neighbor.
We don’t have to fall for the fear trap laid out by both groups I previously described. Those who seek to manipulate us based on fear are playing on our emotions. They don’t honestly care about you and me. They only care about maintaining power and building up their reputation.
Paul shows us clearly how we are to respond to those trying to scare us:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” CSB