My friend said it eloquently on Sunday morning. I will try to get it right.
She basically indicated that studies show that more born again believers are likely to be Republican than Democrat. She went on to point out that when the Democrats we know express that they are concerned or afraid about the incoming POTUS, that they are very serious. And as they are likely not Christians, then they have no way to process their fear; no one in whom to place their hope. Therefore, those Christians who encounter comments about fear of the future under the new administration should be attempting to comfort these people. Too often, it is about fixing their political viewpoint instead of addressing their pain.
As I said, this friend was very eloquent in her presentation of the plight of those suffering from fallout fear. She made a good point that I hope will be heeded.
It is hard to say what will trigger fear for people; you know what triggers yours, I know what triggers mine. And we know what triggered it for a vast number of our population this year. Perhaps the more basic issue is that this population has no way of moving through the fear to a better conclusion. Unfortunately, it demonstrates itself as mean and hurtful backlash toward those who could be a real help to them. And it is true that those who could minister to the root cause of their fear are too focused on the symptom rather than understanding the cause and presenting the cure.
As we move through the coming days, perhaps you will encounter people who fear the new administration and reflect that by their own brand of meanness. This is an opportunity to address a basic heart need, rather than to engage in political dialogue. We all know that no matter what administration is in place, there is a great deal of uncertainty to living on this earth. The point is to look through the uncertainty to the One who never changes; who offers a stable future.
Christian friend, when you encounter the fear, if you don’t have time to engage in dialogue about the heart issue, then please don’t engage. If you have time, engage in love and perhaps even via instant messenger or, better, in person and in private. Draw the person into a discussion about their fear. You have an opportunity to shine God’s love that casts out all fear.
To my Christian friends who are of the Democrat persuasion . . . Please don’t be a fear monger. When your friends display their fear, you are in a prime position to diffuse that fear for them. Instead of agreeing, present Jesus and how He is the only safe administration. Instead of starting or joining a rant, or posting a meme that would increase the fear or anger, choose instead to display God’s great love and how He will never leave us. Reaching peoples’ hearts is not this easy; but hindering the flow of fear has to start somewhere. What a blessing it would be if you were the one to guide your friends into real and lasting Peace. And it can be as easy and as gentle as this.
Rest assured, Christian Republicans are not fearless. Christians in general understand that Satan is in the rant, the anger, and the fear. And he wants to perpetuate it for his own purposes and glory. While not fearless, we are not without Hope. We know the character of the One whom we believe, and we know that He is able to guard us.
Be the whisper that will share the love of God that forces fear to leave.