This election has us all worried this year. Democrats, republicans, independents, atheists, and Christians are all anxious over this year’s crop of candidates.
Every election we worry about who will be chosen, but this year seems to be so different from the ones I remember or have read about. It seems so much worse; like no matter who wins we are still headed farther down a horrible path where it’s even harder to turn back around and get going in the right direction.
I admit, I’ve gotten scared this time around. I’m afraid for my beloved country, I’m afraid for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and I’m most afraid for my daughter and the rest of this brand new generation being born into the world. And I’m sure many other people have the same fears.
But do you want to know something? We shouldn’t be afraid. None of God’s people should fear any of the bad happenings in this world. I know it’s hard not to, but we as God’s chosen people need to remember that He’s got the whole world in His hands, and we don’t have any reason to worry.
Hasn’t He promised He will take care of His children? Has He not said He will never leave us nor forsake us? Hasn’t He told us time and time again through His word that though our bodies may be put to death, we will live with Him eternally when this physical life is over?
We should not fear people with evil intentions. We shouldn’t fear lack of freedom. We shouldn’t fear hunger, or hatred, or death. God will judge the unrighteous in His own time. In Christ we have our freedom. By Him we are fed, for He is the Bread of Life. By Him we are loved unconditionally, because God is Love. And because Jesus conquered death itself, we have the gift of true life.
Therefore, we have nothing to fear; no reason to fear at all. We have all the reason to confidently put our trust in Him, who cares greatly for us.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)
Yes, these may be trying and dangerous times for our country, for us, for Christians, for the new generation. Maybe things won’t be as bad as some expect; maybe they will. But as long as we put our faith in God and not in men, no matter what comes, we will be kept safe in Him.
“…I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? …But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! …For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.“ (Matthew 6:25-27, 30, 32-34)