Each day we make a number of decisions. The choices we make a greatly influenced by our priorities and beliefs. If we believe that organic food is better for our health and healthy eating is a priority, than we will chose to purchase the organic variety of produce at the grocery store.

Fortunately, we live in an extremely wealthy country (the United States) in which those types of choices are available. We have freedom, wealth, and abundance to allow the choices of what type of food we eat, where we live, and what type of work we do. Not so for most of the world.

Yet freedom does not come without a price. Right now the freedoms we take for granted in the United States and in other wealthy, democratic countries are coming under attack. Each day we open the newspaper to read reports of mass killings.  It seems as if the terror and violence has become commonplace. It concerns me and scares me to see how easily it is for people with evil intent to violently and randomly wreak havoc and murder at will.

What should followers of Christ do? How do we respond? Can we return to the old “peaceful” days of the United States when the Founding Fathers established this country?

In a great discourse found in the gospel of Luke, Jesus gives unique insight into what believers should believe, expect, and do as they live day to day in a world of evil.

We should not live in fear or be anxious about the events that unfold around us, for we know that God values each of us and has our best interest in mind.

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12: 6-7

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Luke 12: 25

This world and everything in it is temporary (including the United States). It will perish. There is nothing we can take with us when we depart this earth.

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12: 15

Christians are not called to any particular political structure or organization here on earth. Although we may desire peace, we should not expect it. We are called to serve a greater Master whose Kingdom exists beyond the constraints of this world.

Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” Luke 12: 51

Followers of Christ must place their trust and hope in God’s plan. That plan includes a world that is passing away to be replaced by a greater, eternal Kingdom.

We need to keep our priorities straight. We need to remember that: “The main thing in life is keeping the Main Thing the main thing.

Keep your priorities straight. Do not fear or be anxious. Trust God and look forward to His working out His plan in our world.

What do you think? How should Christians respond in light of the chaos that is building around us? How should a Christian spread light in a world that is getting darker each day?

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