What shall we fear next? The press sells it and the security business is booming. From bodyguards to booby-traps, Americais constantly looking over its shoulder. Nationally, we would rather sacrifice an invasion of our privacy to Uncle Sam than fall prey to some sensational Shiite extremism, and a Julius and Ethel Rosenberg lurk under every chador. It’s a terminal paranoia but “God forbid” we profile, even if “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). And, here we are – Christians; the only religious persuasion that political correctness is allowed to persecute.
In Matthew 10:5ff, Jesus prepared His disciples with instructions on where to go, what to take, and how to react. Their service would be controversial, confrontational and, on occasion, cursed. He comforted them, saying: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:28-31).
What should we fear if God omnisciently watches? Nothing escapes his attention, from the least valuable sparrow to a sacred human life. He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), nor allow us to be tempted or tried beyond our capacity (1 Corinthians 10:13). He knows everything, from the headlines to the heart.
E. E. Newman once made famous the satirical line, “What, Me Worry?” Concerned occasionally? Certainly (Hebrews 13:18)! Do we pray for God’s providential care? Of course (Colossians 1:9)! But, is a Christian worried? No, we have God’s care.