Too many times in life, we find ourselves afraid of what surrounds us. We see an inadequate world filled with evil, and we can’t imagine raising children in a place that sees rising depression among young people and technology that seems to make drones out of our disinterested youth. Education in America continues to get worse and continuously discriminatory against men, seeing more and more males either not attend or drop out of higher education. For minorities in America, the federal government has made it immeasurably harder to succeed and live a fulfilling life, cloaking their destructive policies with talks of equality and equal outcome. Fear is all around us, and some of our biggest fears is that we are losing our culture, our country, and most of all, our Christ. We are afraid that, in a country founded on the principles of Christianity, we are traveling further and further away from the blessings of our God, living in a society that refuses to remember and honor the One who was nailed to the cross for us to live without the burden of sin. Fear has truly taken hold in this country and in countries around the world, but Jesus Christ holds the key to regaining our path of hope and fulfilling joy, for He is the key to everlasting life.
Few times in history has tested the will of the entire world more than right now. We sit at the edge of darkness and chaos; evil coalitions burn cities, destroy businesses, and take lives, all the while claiming that black lives matter. An entire political party supports the boycott of all businesses that do not stand 100% with them. Because of restrictions, important political figures get to enjoy funerals for their fallen comrades, but men and women who have died in combat are refused a proper send-off into the afterlife. The entirety of the mainstream media brags about how much they loved Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her love for the constitution and women’s rights, yet they threaten violence when and if a female judge is constitutionally confirmed by the U.S. Senate. On top of that, coronavirus restrictions have put the country in a dark place, with skyrocketing rates of bankruptcy, depression, and even suicide, all while the American media refuses to blame the country responsible for releasing a deadly virus upon the world. Civilization is holding on for dear life, alone and afraid for what the future holds.
This isn’t the first time fear took hold of humanity. More than 2,000 years ago, the human race was ruled by tyrants, divided by war, and enslaved by sin. The only guarantee of freedom was freedom to think, and that was quickly diminishing. Power-hungry men disguised as Jewish leaders began to make their own law separate from sacred texts, and expressed loyalty to themselves over their people or their God. Fear is sin, and it had covered the entire known world, which was in need of a savior.
Jesus Christ came along at a time when all hope of restoring peace was lost. Jesus represented God’s love for the world, even though it had become doubtlessly unrecognizable to Him. He taught the good news of eternal life to the people of Jerusalem, and gained a large following because of it. Jesus’ message was that of hope, that there was still time to correct our path. His message was that of everlasting salvation to anyone that believed in Him; how could anyone not get excited about a message like that? Then, when Jesus was persecuted by the men in power, when He was crucified for His innocence, he bore the weight of humanity’s sin with Him. He was also resurrected from the dead, defeating death and sin. He made it possible to gain citizenship in Heaven, and restored hope in man’s heart, which had grown cold from war, power, and persecution.
Jesus’ life and unfair death, while at the time tragic for his followers, was not the end of His story. He was resurrected, defeating Satan himself, which was the good news that humanity needed. Jesus represented the good news of God’s love for us, His death characterized the forgiveness of our sins so that we may gain passage into Heaven, and His resurrection represented the overwhelming power of God. Jesus knew this, which is why he emphasized evangelism to his disciples before returning to Heaven. He wanted his followers to spread the good news of the Lord, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
The story of Jesus changed the world, and it’s what we should take to heart at this moment in history. The dangers of today, whether it be domestic terrorists, power-hungry leaders, coronavirus, or what have you, cannot compare to the unparalleled power of God, and that message alone makes Christians want to scream the good news of the Lord.
There will always be risks in life, some greater than we can bear, but our belief in Christ should keep us going. This world is not the end for Christians; it is only the beginning. Christians are not afraid to die, because Jesus has defeated death. Just as those in power hated Jesus and his followers for this fact, we are hated. Christians are persecuted around the world, and have been attacked continuously in the U.S. But what really gets under the skin of our persecutors is our undying love for Jesus and what He has done for us. Even though they shut down churches, even though they try to keep us separated, even though they destroy our churches, and even though they threaten us if we assemble to praise God, there are still those of us who stand up for the faith.
Our circumstances now are dire. The political left has engaged in violence against anyone who dares to disagree with them. The coronavirus has been turned into a political weapon, used to shut down businesses and disrupt the capitalist system as we know it, just to blame the destruction on President Trump for a political victory.
America is hurting right now, and the people are feeling like there’s nowhere else to go from here. But according to Jesus Christ, the One who was born to die for the forgiveness of man’s sins, who was resurrected on the third day to demonstrate His victory over sin, there is always a place to go, and there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of, for no matter of Earth can match the amazing power of God.