In these Divided States of America, we are more “united” into our conclaves by what divides us. During this political season (which is getting to be just one long action the way we run elections these days) it is about instilling fear into your voting segment.
Democrats need their base to fear global warming, Republicans, pro-life wackos, fundamentalist Christians, the wealthy, etc.
Republicans/Tea Party need their base to fear terrorism, immigrants, Democrats, the poor, etc.
When someone wants to move you toward fear, or cause you to act out of fear, there is another way. The way of Jesus rejects life based on fear. (It just means you don’t have a political party any more. Greater tragedies have happened.)
Once again we need to hear the powerful words of the Lord in our lives!
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:25-27)
Ask yourself, “Am I being moved to fear, or am I being moved to faith?”
Insist on faith. Insist on the peace that passes all understanding.