Fear has gripped the world in these our days, in a way not seen before. It is a fear reminiscent of the fear felt by some, during the cold war years, when nuclear annihilation seemed inevitable. It is a fear felt by others before us, during the dark days of the second world war, when a yellow star stood between freedom and almost certain and horrific destruction.
The fear gripping our world in these days is however a very distinct fear, unlike any before it. It is the global fear of an invisible enemy, a fear of danger at every place; from every object and from every human being… It is a fear carefully cultivated and groomed by our leaders, both great and small. It is a fear which now shapes the bars and locks, which hold us captive in our own social bubble. It is a fear now general and omnipresent, It is a fear which will lead to anger and from anger to hate, and from hate to suffering… It is a fear, waiting to be focused on a single group who is without fear…
Like a tsunami
When we first heard of the Corona pandemic, in early 2020, I heard a brother in Christ say that he saw, in the Spirit, a great tsunami rolling over the world, with darkness in its wake. How prophetic those words have now proven to be.
Darkness has swept over the globe in a great wave and is dragging our world into a certain, seemingly unescapable direction, through ever increasing lockdowns, curfews and restrictions toward the perceived salvation of vaccination, away from our freedom of assembly, from freedom of protest, from freedom of speech, from freedom of self-determination and the sovereignty of our bodies and the sanctity of the home.
We, who believe in the infallibility of the Word of God, and the literal interpretation of the Bible, have always known that there would come a time when the darkness would increase, and would engulf the world.
We always knew the relative peace of the last decades was an anomaly in history, which could not last. We always knew, God would make the world ready for judgement in a final rejection of God, His Messiah Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, through lies and deceit, preparing the way for the lawless one and his mark of obedience, of which the vaccine is a precursor.
None of us however, ever thought it would happen in this way, this fast and this easy.
Fear of approaching evil
Fear is gripping the world and by this fear the world is led into the arms of a its falls saviour, one who promises that all will return to normal, if we just obey. If we just do as we are told… if we wear all wear our mask, if we shun our fellow man, if we report on our neighbours, if we close our businesses… if we all just take the vaccine.
Should we, as Christians, fear the invisible threat of a virus ? Is the threat even real and if so, is it as big a threat as we are being told?
The short and very simple answer is “no”.
No, we should not fear, even if the virus is real and as dangerous as the world leaders claim it to be. The world fears and has lost what peace it had, because they desperately cling to this life, because it is all that they have. But Christ told us that we have received His peace, not like the world gives peace but a total and enduring peace. As is written by the Apostle John in John 14:27.
Instead of fear, Peace
We have received His peace, but we sometimes lack the experience of this peace. Why ? His peace He has given us, but we need to believe both that He has given it and that He is able to establish it and provide the conditions for it. That is where we fail when we fear, we have little faith.
A man without God can have anxiety in all circumstances, because he knows with a certainty that one day, he knows not when, he must die and enter the darkness eternal.
But the man who walks with God has no fear, even in the most trying conditions, because he knows with a certainty that, one day, he knows not when, he must die and he will be taken up and be accepted as a child of God most high, to be eternally in His presence, which is his greatest wish.
When we come to realize and belief the simple truth, that God is in full control, of viruses and politicians and media and science, and indeed of all things from the greatest to the smallest and that He has purposed to make all things work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) then we have confidence and great peace. We do not fear because God is for us. As is written in Psalms 91:
We will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
So my brothers and sisters, fear not ! only believe (Mark 5:36)