Fear or Faith?

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I admit to you—fear has crept into my body as an unwelcome guest during the past couple of weeks. As much as I have prayed and asked God to reveal His Truth on the character of Brett Kavanaugh and his accusers, I have been afraid of just what that revelation might look like. Humbly, I submit my own imperfections.

I’m studying the book of Joshua right now with a group of women in my old neighborhood. Remember Joshua? He was the leader God chose after Moses died to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, just west of the River Jordan. We all know about how God parted the Red Sea when Moses led the people out of Egyptian slavery. Did you know God did it again at the Jordan River when the children of those same Israelites crossed into the Promised Land? The waters “stood in a heap” as the people crossed over. And do you know that what should have taken 11 days to get to the Promised Land took 40 years of wandering because of their disobedience?

The lesson today covered the “what if’s” in our lives …

  • What if … on my marital status
  • What if … on my career
  • What if … on my health
  • What if … on my financial status
  • What if … on my children and grandchildren
  • What if … on how I use my time
  • What if … on the future of America

All of these shared common anxieties provide ample opportunities for worry. You may notice they all have the word “my” in front of them (this is the paraphrased/plus list I came up with from the lesson). Except for the last one. Those of you who have studied Biblical history and the downfall of nations have reason to be concerned about America.

Our nation which was founded on Judaeo-Christian principles has cowered too long to those whose compass of final authority is set on something other than God’s Authority. This scripture from today’s lesson hit me with such force this morning, I was compelled to put down my study book and write.

1 Timothy 6:3-5:  “If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth.”

Along with much of the nation, I saw a man brutalized and labeled “guilty” without any evidence to back up the claims. Those pointing the finger at him were willing to destroy his life without any sense of human decency—as long as their agenda was promoted. Do you know what God calls this kind of behavior? PRIDE. And what does God’s Word say about what follows? Pride goes before a fall.

I couldn’t help but think of one of my life verses, and how it applies to this moment in history: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” But you said, “We will not walk in it.” Jeremiah 6:16. The Supreme Court decision is a crossroads for America, and I wonder how many dissenters may have stood at the crossroads, looked in fear that their causes would be erased, and said, “we will not walk where the good way is.”

Their behavior during and after the 2016 election coupled with this latest abuse before the 2018 mid-term election have awakened a sleeping giant. The conservative minds and hearts of this nation (whether Democrat, Republican or Independent) are standing up with a fervor matched only by what the world witnessed in 2016 when we elected a non-politico (who needed neither money nor fame) to work for us, We the People.

After only a few lines of writing, a news flash lit up my iPhone saying the Senate had voted 51-49 to move ahead with the confirmation of Kavanaugh on Saturday. I later watched as Senator Susan Collins comprehensively explained why she would confidently vote for Brett Kavanaugh, answering every fear with judicial facts.

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a seat on the highest court in our land is unlike any other … with more debate, investigation and underhanded schemes than any in our nation’s history, truth has prevailed. But, this is not a time for boasting … remember what is written in 1 Corinthians 1:31— “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” This Supreme Court confirmation should give all God-fearing Americans reason to rejoice as we witness His Sovereignty in protecting and raising up one of His own. It gives me renewed resolve to have hope for America.

Let Freedom Ring

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