Do Not Be Afraid

Erik Cooper —  November 6, 2012 — 5 Comments

It’s election day in America. If you’re reading these words, you’ve likely cast your vote or are on your way to do so. At least you’d better be (unless you’re not voting for my preferred candidate, then you can stay home).

Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Green Party, (or just like to party), I bet there’s one issue that shows up in some capacity on every one of your ballots.

Fear.

You were afraid I was going to say that, weren’t you?

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Fear is the driving force for so many aspects of our lives. Sometimes overt and aggressive. Other times a silent engine propelling us obliviously forward. It’s scary how many decisions we make based on fear. The media knows it. Marketers know it. Politicians know it. (Some pastors even know it). Fear is a serious motivator.

We fear being left out.

We fear looking stupid.

We fear big government.

We fear greedy businessmen.

We fear that our kids won’t turn out well.

We fear spiders (at least I seriously do).

We fear running out of money.

We fear not mattering.

We fear loneliness.

We fear hell.

Fill in your own blank – I fear _______________. How is that fear driving the decisions you make?

Regardless of who emerges as our next President, you can be sure ballot boxes will be stuffed with plenty of fear today. And upwards of half this country will climb into bed with even more of it tonight. Which might have something to do with why I can’t seem to get this Scripture out of my head:

“There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”
–1 John 4:18 MSG

So vote today. Vote your conscience. Vote passionately! But whether it’s Obama or Romney, if you’re celebrating or mourning, I only have one piece of advice (that I’m fully preaching to myself) – do not be afraid. Your life doesn’t rest in the hands of our next President, it rests in a God who loved you so much that He came for you when you had no way to get to Him.

Jesus loves you. 

And there’s no room in that immense love for any fear. No empty campaign promise here. He’s already delivered.

5 responses to Do Not Be Afraid

  1. Beautifully written, Erik. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been developing this idea, late in my life, that the way God uses a democracy may actually be very different than the way that we think God uses a democracy. It seems to me that people tend to think that a country chooses one of two ways to go. One way is right and the other is wrong. Of course that is used by politicians to simplify the choice and increase the odds in their favor. I am beginning to believe that God is a better social scientist and mathematician than that, that God may actually influence people to vote in different ways to produce the mix of results that God is most interested in. That is, two or five or one hundred million people could vote differently and still (theoretically) all of them could be right smack in the middle of God’s will. I haven’t got the whole free will thing worked out yet, so the idea still needs some work but I like this perspective because it implies that there is more going on than merely making one of two choices, that the mix of elected officials up and down the ballot is important, and favors a more ecological view of government.

    • Would have to agree Mark… and Erick
      I am reminded of what the Psalmist said, ” For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

      (Hopefully, in that order, concerning this election….. : )

      On the fear thing… my greatest fear is ….(actually, I’m afraid to say. : )

    • Great thoughts Mark. I think God’s sovereignty and His Kingdom advance regardless of who wins elections. His Kingdom flourishes in the freedom of democracy and amidst the evils of tyranny. I have my preferred candidate, but I know His will is accomplished whoever is in the White House.

  2. Here’s to knowing the Gospel will stand out all the more brilliantly against our increasingly darkening culture! God has done good in this…as fearful as it may seem.

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