The Myth of Fear, Part 2


I have two confessions about this week’s blog: First, it is a week late. Second, the reason Jill and I chose the topic of fear for the month of October had little to do with Halloween and everything to do with the election.

Read Part 1 here.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31

Choices to Make

I don’t know how else to be more clear than to say this: as Believers, we have three choices before us this election year:

  • Donald Trump
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Our Lord Jesus

And according to Scripture, the first two don’t count:

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4

This is a stunning passage in a stunning section of a stunning letter written by Paul. And it has everything to do with our lives today.

The Two Choices

To put this in more practical terms, this letter, like all of Scripture, is saying we have two choices. And only two choices:

  • Faith vs. fear
  • Love vs. hate

We can choose to fear the next President, the supporters (our neighbors?) of the next President, the next Supreme Court nominees, the Stock Market, ISIS, AIDS, and all the literally millions of things that could happen and could kill us. Or, we can choose to believe the fact that our lives are “now hidden with Christ in God” and that he has disarmed all powers and authorities and has “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15).”

We can also choose to hate and attempt to use it to change everything I mentioned in the last paragraph OR…we can choose to read further in Colossians 3:

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:12-14

Note the word, therefore. It means that if we will believe we have died with the Christ that has had complete victory over everything, we can Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

This Matters

Please know that I am not calling anyone to task nor am I holding myself up as a stellar example. Nor am I saying don’t vote or get involved.

I am calling us – all believers – to recognize God has told us how to be involved and affect real, lasting change in His world:

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” – John 17:22-23

Put your hope in God today, next Tuesday and every day we are alive. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” – Colossians 2:9-10

Let’s live from fullness.

  • Sweetie Berry

    Excellent perspective. Thank you. Our Lord is well able.