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There is a great foolishness in our culture today.  It is the idea of  ‘no fear’.  It seems to manifest itself in two ways

  1. Avoidance
  2. Experimentation

Both are foolish.  God has given us the ability to feel fear for a reason.  It is part of our innate nature, to help protect us.  Fear warns us of danger–danger to our body or soul . . . and danger to our spirit.

The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  I would go so far as to suggest a dual interpretation:

  1. fear of the awesome power and judgment of God
  2. the intuitive fear given to us, by God, when we are in the presence of danger or evil

Perhaps it is because we live in such perilous times, that people grow weary of fear . . .  we could say they suffer from ‘fear overload’.  So, many have made a point of trying to combat fear.

Some people will close their eyes to anything that makes them afraid–we call this denial.  They create–to whatever degree–an alternate reality where their fear doesn’t exist.  (Drugs and alcohol are common means to that end.)  But if denying fear doesn’t work–or someone pierces their alternate reality with truth–they become angry and confrontational.

The problem is, fear is not the enemy to be overcome.  Nor is truth the enemy.  The enemy is what is lurking behind the fear:  evil.

There are many ‘good people’ who hate the impact that evil has in this world.  They don’t understand it, nor do they want to.  They try to avoid it, and be kind, positive and good.  They don’t understand that the tiniest seeds of evil are present in each of us at birth.

Many of them also don’t understand that evil has a promoter, one who embodies it and cultivates it in us.  By being ignorant of this, many ‘good people’ unwittingly become pawns in his hands.

Fear is a symptom.  Fear points to the problem . . . evil.  Evil cannot be overcome by avoidance.  Evil cannot be escaped.  It finds each one of us, because it is within each of us.

Evil can only be overcome by God.  We cannot overcome evil through good alone–but we can submit ourselves to God, and allow ourselves to be tools in His hands.  Only God is good.  Only God’s goodness can overcome evil.

If you are an ‘avoider’, begin to allow yourself to feel fear . . . but with a different perspective.  When you feel fear, examine why.  Are you in the presence of danger . . . or potential danger?  Are you in the presence of something evil?

God is the antidote for fear.  God can protect you, give you wisdom and direction, and even deliverance from evil forces.

If it is God you are afraid of–good!  You’re on the right track.  If you haven’t ‘gotten right with God’, the fear of God you feel is natural.  If we are not right with God, we have His judgment to fear.

If you have repented and are living right, then fear is warning you of something evil or dangerous in your life.  Pray that God will make it known to you where that fear is coming from–then deal with it!  Hiding from fear will not remove the danger or the evil it is trying to warn you of!

If, on the other hand, you are not an avoider . . . you probably pride yourself on your lack of fear.  You tend to confront fear head on.  Whatever makes you (or others) afraid, you will jump right into.  Bravo! . . . maybe.

There is a brand of fearlessness that many demonstrate today, that is rooted in foolishness.  People that behave this way have the mistaken belief that they are immune to the danger or the evil that lurks behind fear.  It seems to be their mission to demonstrate to others that their fears are unfounded.  They will do foolish things to defy danger, and will survive many of them .  But in most cases, if they persist long enough, they will perform one feat too many, and become an interesting story that will illustrate why certain things shouldn’t be done.

That’s all well and good, when we’re talking about risking one’s life . . . and when one is aware of the inherent risk in what they are doing.  The problem today, is that many are diving into things which threaten their eternal soul, without understanding the risk.

(Now, it should be understood, that if you have not accepted Jesus’ atoning death on your behalf, and if you have not surrendered your life to God in return, then you are already damned . . . because all of us are condemned once we begin to sin.  But if you have accepted Jesus, and have continued in [or gone back to] sin, then you have turned back to damnation too.)

This foolish attitude has led many to continue to be involved in activities which are spiritually dangerous and/or evil.  Rather than grounding their beliefs in sound doctrine, their overridding motto is ‘no fear’, and they latch onto any teaching that allows them to do as they please, and that downplays the danger.  ‘No fear’ of God’s judgment (because of faith in a false doctrine of ‘once saved always saved’), ‘no fear’ of disobeying God’s laws, ‘no fear’ of the powers of darkness, ‘no fear’ of evil, etc.

These are people who have made a practice of hardening their heart to their God-given natural fears.  Because of this, they perceive things incorrectly.  But, because they neither fear God, nor man, nor spiritual forces, it is impossible to reason with them.  These people are harboring a spirit of rebellion, which becomes evident when one attempts to confront them with the truth, being met with accusations of ‘fear mongering’ or ‘legalism’, rather than repentance.

Satan’s ‘no fear’ propaganda campaign has done much to set the stage for his rise to power.  Many people (including many professed ‘Christians’) are opening the door to him through rebellion, others have simply stifled their intuitive fear  of evil and no longer possess the discernment to see what is happening, and a vast multitude are living in a fantasy world that denies the very existence of evil.  Brilliant.

PLEASE Wake Up!!

I am including a link to a very important post on a blog I have been following for several months.  Please read it! It covers what currently is a very likely future scenario for America in regards to China, our borrowing, the value of the US dollar, and your family’s freedom and welfare.


China is trying to put pressure on Obama in regards to the excessive spending required by his new policies, and the decision to simply print more dollars as a response to our economic crisis, but he is responding defiantly. Why is this a problem?  If you aren’t aware–most of our national debt is owned by China, followed by Japan.

Japan is a friend of the US and I have not heard one objection raised, or warning given in relation to the amount of our debt that they hold.  China, however, is a communist country that does not share the same values as America.  While China has not acted aggressively towards America, that does not mean they are ‘safe’.

It is a peculiar American trait that we assume everyone to inherently have the same values, dreams and motivations that we have.  They don’t.  We tend to have a naivete towards others, imputing a character of loyalty, altruism, and generosity to them, until experience proves otherwise.  However, this assessment may  not be accurate.  We also assume that we are perceived, by others, to have those character traits, and that is often not true.

The result of this can be a very big  difference in the perception of our relationship, by the US and whoever the other party may be.  As anyone who speaks a second language knows, you cannot simply translate the words into the hearer’s language and get the intended message across.  It is important to have some understanding of the values, beliefs and taboos of the other party.  It may also be good to have an idea of how they perceive you.  Without taking these things into account, you blunder along like a bull in a china shop.

All that is to say, I don’t believe we should automatically trust the Chinese government (which is both communist and oppressive towards its people).  Especially not when the balance of power is not equal (such as us owing them HUGE amounts of money).  Nor should we assume they are our friends because they ‘were nice enough’ to loan us money when we wanted it.

As soon as we borrowed from them, the balance of power shifted.  They have leverage over us, proportional to the amount we are indebted to them, and compounded by our present inability to pay the balance in full.  Does that make sense?

Just in case, I’ll try to give an example.  Let’s pretend you have a guy you work with, that you get along fairly well with, but sometimes things are a little tense.  He’s quiet and a bit moody, and you have a feeling that you don’t see eye to eye on everything, but he never really comes out and says when he disagrees.  Let’s say that the positions you hold make you competitors within the workplace–not an outright contest, but an awareness that your superiors are always evaluating you against one another.  But, all in all, everything is on an even keel.

Now lets say you’re short on lunch money one day, and he offers to loan it.  You agree and pay him back the next day.  From time to time occasions arise that you borrow a little bit and repay it, then, over time, you find yourself borrowing more money and more often.  Eventually it becomes a habit, and you start borrowing in order to make investments, even gambling a bit.

Long story short, one day you borrow a lot of money from him and sink it into a VERY risky investment because the possible gain is incredible.  He finds out and expresses concern, because he expects you to repay him in a couple of weeks–like you promised.  An honest assessment shows that you are deeply indebted, to someone you don’t know well, who has the ability to undercut you or sabotage you in your career.  Hopefully you wake up and realize because, at this point, and difficult as it may be, you can restore the balance of power between you, and safeguard your career.

There are a couple of ways you can do this.  You can withdraw the money from the risky investment and repay him in full, or you can sell some of your company stock and use that money to repay him in full.  Just having the ability to do so makes the balance of power equal.

However, if you don’t have any stocks or other means to repay him immediately, and if you can’t withdraw from the risky investment, you are on very shaky ground.  EVERYTHING depends on the success of your risky investment.

That, obviously, creates a great deal of stress for you and between you, until you learn the outcome of your investment.  The longer that drags out, the more uncomfortable he may become, and the more pressure he may put on you.  Because you both know you presently have no means of getting out of the deal between you (the short-term loan), he has all the leverage and can change the terms as he chooses, threaten you, or pressure you to do other things. (Blackmail is another illustration of an imbalance of power).

Living with that level of stress, and worry over any number of unknown actions he can take, really can make your life unbearable.  And God forbid that your investment not pay off as you had hoped. . .

That is what it can be like to live with an imbalance of power, in a relationship with someone you don’t know you can trust.  And that is where the United States currently is in her relationship with China–if an honest assessment is to be made.

Selling Out Poland
Oh Yes He Does Get It!


update 1/7/11:

USA, China, Russia and the New START  Treaty