Fear God only


1 Sam. 13:24 Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

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When the whole Y2K thing started to kick off, I got ticked off. Ticked off especially at the Christians out there who were beginning to make an industry of scaring the wits out of everybody.

Gary North immediately comes to mind. He wasn’t the only one, nor was he the worst. I just pick him as an example. His detailed and terrifying prognostications sent many a good man and woman into spasms of fear. Selling their houses, stocking up on rations, moving to the country to live off the land. All sorts of nonsense. And I remember getting increasingly angry at how this was affecting people’s lives.

Actually, if you want a terrific article on this from a SECUALR source, you’ve got to read Frank Furedi’s tremendously insightful article at:
Frank Furedi

I digress.

We had a New Year’s eve service here that night, (on the eve of Y2K – and I’ll give you my theory on why I wasn’t afraid some other time) and I let my anger show at these fear mongers who were getting people all worked up about the evil “millennium bug”, while never pointing them back to faith in God, trust in Christ, and rest in His provisions.

Yeah, I know the verse: Proverbs 27:12 “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” they all quoted it. Over and over. Of course as John Gill rightly points out, the issue there is that the wise man sees the danger of SIN, and hides himself from it. While fools go on into sin and suffer the consequences. This is not a question of self proclaimed seers, but of dealing with what God has revealed, not what He hasn’t.

Anyway, I need to get off that soap box, and use it simply to point out that it isn’t getting any better out there. Be it in the secular or the Christian arena, fear sells. And Scripture want us fearing ONE thing, so that we need not fear any other – God Himself. If we are fearing Him, and walking in His ways, we need not be fearful of other things. God is with us.

I’m not taking about a head-in-the-sand approach to living. But I am talking about an approach to living that takes into account a transient, fallen world – AND – a sovereign, loving God.

Yep, everything you cling to here is going to all go up in smoke someday. Before that, who knows but that Western Culture as we know it will cease to exist like the Greco-Roman culture that spawned it. The gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church! As MacArthur (I think) rightly expounds that verse – not even death (what are the gates of Hell but the grave?) dissolves or disturbs the Kingdom of God and our relationship with our Father through Christ. Christianity is designed to be lived in every environment, even the most hostile. Millions of persecuted Christians all over the globe and throughout the centuries can attest to that fact.

We may not be able to preserve the “American way of life”, but we both can and WILL preserve the Kingdom of God way of life. Trust me, its much better.

Now I mentioned a short time ago that Sky and I quit TV. It has been a wonderful change. But I am going to quit something else. A few more things. I stopped listening to Rush, and Hannity, and O’Reilly and the rest. Why? Because they were wrong? Nope. More often than not, they’re pretty right on. At least from the Conservative point of view I share.

No, I quit them, because I found they majored in one thing – keeping their listeners in a constant state of agitation. And I don’t want to live there.

My Bible doesn’t lead to me to a constant state of agitation. Prayer doesn’t lead me there either. Nor does worship. Or fellowship with the saints. Or the pursuit of godliness. In fact, they are all designed to lead me OUT of agitation with all the world’s outward woes, to a place of peace with God, and a rightful agitation at sin – both my own, and the way it has corrupted our world – and to seeking God for the spread of His kingdom to deal with that, through the preaching of His Gospel.

Christians are not meant to live in a perpetual crouch waiting for the blast. I’m too big to sit comfortably on the panic button all the time (there’s a visual for you). Nor are we counseled to.

Want to get upset at something? Get upset at the low grade of holiness in your own heart. Reserve your angst for the things God says we are to be after. Not led around by the media. There are more than 40 exhortations to PEACE in the New Testament. Peace. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Rush ain’t giving you no peace.

Sean Hannity ain’t giving you no peace.

Fox News ain’t giving you no peace.

They are the world. And “in the world you will have tribulation.”

I don’t want to live there any more.

Neither should you.

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