Currently, Hurricane Irene, a category 3 storm, looms in the Atlantic Ocean taunting those living nearby.
Two days ago an earthquake measuring 5.9 also rattled the east coast. People claimed they could feel it from Savannah, GA all the way north to Toronto. Really, Toronto?!
I learned of the earthquake via Twitter of course, and within a few hours, I saw a tweet that caught my attention. I half-expected it, so it didn’t surprise me all too much. The first few words read, “The end of the world is near…”
As I stared at it, all I could see through the words was FEAR.
By the looks of it, I’m pretty sure the tweet was posted by a Christian, and that’s what bothered me most of all.
Why is it that when natural disasters occur or when things we have no control over happen, so many Christians freak out and fear for the future? The last time I checked, the Bible is filled with hope for the future. Shouldn’t we be the ones least afraid? Instead of running to our bunkers and basements, we should be the ones to offer hope and comfort to those around us.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Paul writes, “…we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.”
The idea of Jesus coming or of the world ending should incite joy and excitement among Christians not fear. We have hope!
Last night, here in Silicon Valley the news broke of Steve Jobs resignation- effective immediately due to his health. Within minutes of the announcement, the news rumbled through the valley What?!?! The fear of the unknown will undoubtably cause alarm throughout the tech/business markets today.
We can choose to see the potential problems or we can choose to see opportunities. Whether it’s the economy, natural disasters, or the leaders we admire stumble and fall.
We have a choice. To fear the future or to offer hope.
I’d much rather be known for the Hope I have to offer than fear.
Instead of fearing the price of Apple’s stock today, maybe we could take the time to pray for those in Hurricane Irene’s path or for Steve’s health.