Many different times throughout the Bible, God says to people from every walk of life, “Do not be afraid.” So, if God is telling people everywhere to not be afraid, why are we? Most of the time fear has to do with the unknown or different, and history has taught us that fear of the unknown has the potential to lead to other things such as hate, pain, dread, depression and many other sad words used to describe the darkness of a person’s soul. Some take advantage of this fear and use it to cause widespread suffering.
Over 6 million deceased Jewish people and millions more will confirm this sad truth, but fear also tends to close our minds, hearts, eyes and ears to any form of truth. We would rather embrace lies, and even condone immortality all so that we can continue to live a life of complacency and comfort. When will humanity choose to be better than merely feel better and rise above our fears rather than being controlled by them? When we will stop asking someone else to fix everything and instead take responsibility or as Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Fear keeps us feeling naked, scared, useless and angry. Fear keeps us alone in the dark. Fear keeps us in a prison of our own making and fear will only lead us down a path of destruction until one day we look around and say, why didn’t we listen, how did this happen or how did we get here.
I am but one man, but as for me and my family we will trust in the Lord of all creation who promises to forgive, save and love this broken planet and its people. God’s unconditional love has, and I still believe with all my heart changes the world and the human heart.
This love is eternal and many have tried to kill it, because love threatens to change everything, and many have invested too much into a world ruled and governed by fear to give it up now. There is no profit to be made in love and yet it will not die or go away. In a letter written too early Christians who were being hunted, tortured and killed by the Roman Empire, John a friend and disciple of Jesus the Christ wrote the following, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. We love because God first loved us.”
I too write this letter to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus and to all who will listen. We must not allow fear to rule our hearts and minds. I am reminded of a verse from a beautiful hymn, “turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” Have courage my friends. Tyranny will end and the power of God’s love will triumph over the selfishness and pride of those who embrace, preach and promote fear.
Peace be upon you now and always.
The Rev. Brian Dykema is of the Reformed Church in America.