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On My Mind #58: Do Tragedies Make You Afraid?

I will start by making statements that are true and must be made clear:

The tragedy Monday in Boston was horrific, especially to someone who’s a pretty active participant in the running community. Bloodshed and killing traumatize people and regions for the rest of their lives. My sympathy and prayers run deep.

That said, I want to make a strong point. The intention behind the act, in my view, should NEVER be honored by society at large. What is that intention, you may ask? Fear. And, if we react in fear then terrorists (and other criminals who pull off crimes which incite fear) win.

There is a kind of bold courage that just lives in some people. Many people will agree with my statement that we shouldn’t live in fear because if these events. Some have raw abilities to overcome fearful times, pressing on despite these sorts of events. Others cower, sucked in by media coverage and the perception that society is an awful place. Regardless of our natural response, there is something more foundational that should be explored.

If this life was all I had, I probably would fear. But I truly do not fear my death. Matthew 10:28:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (ESV)

My body is exactly that. It’s a body that will one day perish (unless Jesus returns first). I would only be afraid if I didn’t own the belief that I will live forever in heaven because of my faith in Christ. If you don’t know Jesus, you should fear. Hell awaits. But since I do . . .

I am released to pray and support those in Boston in any practical way possible. I am released to love God and fulfill the roles I’m called to fulfill. I’m released to serve Jesus with passion, even if it puts me in “dangerous” situations.

Terrorists can’t have my fear. That’s because there is nothing to fear. Please consider the depths of your faith in Christ, and if you don’t have that, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions:

burkholder.kevin@gmail.com

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