Finding Peace in a Threatening World

There are a lot of things to be afraid of in this world…but I wonder how many of the things we perceive as dangers are really a threat at all? Remember Y2K? How about the ruination of our beaches here, the apocalyptic forecasts of how life would never return to normal after the spill? I know some people still insist that the danger isn’t over…and maybe not, but the devastation certainly hasn’t panned out like so many people predicted. One guy wrote a book about the culture of fear we’ve been cultivating here in our country. We certainly do seem to be motivated a lot by what can only be described as fear mongering.

And you know what? I think the evangelical church leads the pack of culprits in this arena. After all, we latch on to any evidence we can find that things are going to hell in a handbasket in order to drive home the point that its time to repent. The problem with that is, we tend to throw around false statistics and unfounded rumors right along with those who are making a lot of money by keeping an audience glued to the latest threat to our cozy lifestyle. I think we need to amend our ways.

But what about the threats we perceive in this broken world? Our passage this Sunday will be Luke 13:31-35, and we’ll be looking at how Jesus responded to a threat posed to his well being. How does he respond…and why does he respond the way he does? Jesus launches into his lament over Jerusalem. How does he describe himself/God? How can this image of God’s behavior toward rebellious people help resolve our own feelings of insecurity or fear?

Hope to see you Sunday!  Peace!

2 thoughts on “Finding Peace in a Threatening World

  1. Jesus was not in the least bit intimidated by the threats of the Pharisees and He knew their motives were selfish and controlling. He did not let the danger ahead stop Him from God’s plan of rescuing His people. He is our Hero King, coming to the rescue! Also, Jesus’ responded in sadness over Jerusalem because of His love for them. His love for us is the reason for this rescue and when I remember this, I can feel safe and secure no matter what is happening around me.

  2. I believe fear rules my life far more than id like to admit. Fear can incapsitate me in developing insecurities, scapegoats and addictions.Anything that makes me more self conscious over Christ conscious! I really hate fear. Asfar as the media id like to think its educating the masses but more times it exaggerates and causes misconceptions and mayhem! You got to dig through the crap. Its easier to turn it off! Ihave to let it go and really,really consentrate on God and his love for me. I like what Brennen Manning says to pray”Abba ,I belong to you.” He says to pray it over and over. And sometimes in fearful times thats all i can get out!
    Jesus knew he was on a mission and king Herod was of know consern. His Abba sent him and he loves us. Jesus wants us coming to him with all our fears first and formost.

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