Who Do You Fear?

Last night I had some thoughts about an earlier blog that I posted and have since removed. I didn’t remove it out of fear, but out of a sense that people would miss the point and say I was saying something that I was not saying. Yet, after I removed it a certain level of fear settled in for the evening and left me heading to Scripture for comfort.

One of my favorite passages is found in Luke 12, when Jesus tells us who it is that we should fear. He says, “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear; Fear Him who after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

Mr. Meek and Mild is really making a point here. He is telling us that we are to fear Him and His Father since both have jurisdiction over who goes to hell and who does not. (Please note, this is another fact against Arminianism because it removes the often cited mantra that men send themselves to hell, not God. Men deserve hell and choose it rather than choosing to come to Christ, but ultimately, it is God’s decision where we end up –see Romans 9:14-16).

The major point is that we are not to fear men in this life. No matter what our government says or does, we should not fear them, for ultimately, our government is under God’s control. We need to fear HIM. We need to fall on our faces before the Holy God who is and tremble at the sin in our own lives and the culture that surrounds us. God is an all consuming fire and will deal with sin one way or another, but He will not let it go unpunished.

The original post that started all this was about the blasphemous assumptions made by some on the liberal side of the aisle that our president is on par with Jesus Christ, in that Obama is the new lord and Savior. That thought should cause us to tremble. To equate any man to Christ is the height of hubris and our just and holy God will not hold those who do such blameless. We should pray for those who have done so, and pray that God shows mercy on our President and his loyal followers for WE all need the Savior. No one has the good works to earn God’s favor. All mankind stands condemned (John 3:18) already. We don’t need to heap up more wrath for that condemnation to rest upon us. What we need to do is turn from our sinful ways to Christ for salvation. Only then is the just penalty of hell, which is awaiting all mankind, removed from our future.

I know that much of what this Administration is doing is causing fear for those of us on the right. But we should not let it do so. How many times have we heard that the church flourishes under the fires of persecution? If you have spent any time in a biblically-based church as you should be doing, you know that God uses sufferings in our lives to help us grow spiritually far more than He does with material blessings. As Heath reminded us yesterday on his post about the powerball:

Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.

And … fear Him! Not those whose time is but for a moment and then is gone like the grass of the fields.