In the past few days I have noticed a great divide in our nation that I have not heard reported upon in the news. This great divide centers around two words, fear and hope. Countless times on talk radio, television interviews, and even my personal encounters with people who come to our business I have heard statements like the following:
"I am so afraid."
"I'm scared to death about what might happen."
"I fear for our nation."
What troubles me the most when I hear these words is that they are coming from people who made a vote of conscience on moral issues and claim a belief in God.
Hundreds of times in scripture we read the words "fear not." We also know according to the Bible that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." What ever happened to the "home of the free and the brave?" Where is our courage? In whom have we placed our confidence and trust? It is even inscribed upon our currency, "In God We Trust."
In Hebrews 11:1 it reads, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. God is moved by our faith. In order for us to operate in faith as a nation, we must move away from fear and into hope. Many who voted for Barack Obama have great hope in what he will do for them when he is President. We cannot place our hope in a man, because men will always fail. It is time for us to hope in God.
The problems facing our nation in this critical hour need the remedy of heaven. Collectively as a nation we must seek God as never before. In the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." Fear is the cancer of the soul. Once it enters, it wants to take over every thought. The spread of fear must be stopped and it begins within our own heart. It is time for us to stop speaking words of fear, doubt, and unbelief. Proclaim a fast of negative words. We must be like King David and encourage ourselves.
America has faced many challenges in our brief history, yet she has prevailed because the hand of God has been upon us. Pray for America. Believe that the foundation of our Constitution will remain strong. Fight injustice at every level and allow your voice to be heard in Washington. Stir up the embers of hope and believe that America will continue to be a beacon of hope and freedom to the world.