Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fear And the New President

I have heard a lot of people say that they are afraid for our country now that we are inaugurating a new president. I think that this fear is counterproductive to us as Christians. Regardless of who we voted for, or who sits in the Oval Office, we should not have fear in our hearts. Fear, anxiety and worry are never of God. Satan uses these emotions to divide us - to divide us as a nation and to divided us as Christians.

I am not being Pollyanna-ish, nor burying my head in the sand. I know there are dangerous threats out there to Americans. We face job losses, homelessness, and on a larger scale, we face terrorist invasion. These things are all real and we should be wary of them and plan for the possibility of them, but as Christians, we have to believe that God is bigger than all of these things.

Today, as we inaugurate a new President, let's all band together, as Christians and pray that we can set our fears aside and move forward in a positive direction, with God's blessing.

Proverbs 29:25

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.

10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.