The greatest fear that looms over mankind is the fear of death. I imagine that most, if they had a choice in the matter of their death, would prefer to die peacefully in their sleep after having lived a long, healthy, prosperous life. I myself have experienced fear before and even throughout my Christian walk. There are different reasons for this. First, I still have a sin nature, it has not been eradicated. Second, as a Christian I have a formidable enemy. Third, as a Christian one starts out as a babe in Christ and in need of protection because there are roaring lions looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8).
Peer pressure is synonymous with fear pressure. There are two kinds of fear. There is a healthy fear and there is an unhealthy fear. When ten, my granddaughter faced her fear of heights and went on a five run zip line! Imaginary phobias can cripple people. There is a huge difference between Chihuahuas and Rottweilers, daddy long legs and brown recluse spiders, garter snakes and black mambas. Sometimes it is wise to be fearful.
Someone once said the greatest power in the world is not nuclear warheads with their capability to destroy the world (that’s a fearful thought) but the power of choosing where we will spend eternity, our freedom of choice. Yet consequences follow our choices.
There are many “Chicken Littles” out there and today many are asking, “Are we in the Last Days?” or “Is the Sky falling?” My response to such questions is, whether we are or not, should we as Christians be idle and disengaged? The problem is not so much that the sky is falling, but rather, that mankind has fallen.
Sin is a universal reality. It isn’t unique to just one people group. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The word sin has almost vanished from America’s vocabulary! Solomon said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7). Robert B. Strimple says to fear the Lord “consists of awe, reverence, adoration, honor, worship, confidence, love, and thankfulness. It can also mean fear of God’s judgment. “Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
What we need is for the truth to fall down from heaven and hit us on the head, and then, after God has gotten our attention, we need to ask God to let His truth penetrate our hearts. We hear much of the love of God but little of a God who judges sin. Remember Noah’s flood. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember the purpose and reason Jesus died upon the cross (I Peter 3:18) and the purpose of Communion and be thankful! “For God so loved the world...” (John 3:16).