Many people in the UK are living in fear – workers are afraid of losing their job, politicians are afraid saying the wrong thing, top footballers are in fear of racial abuse, and Jews are in fear of antisemitism. Even children are in fear of being abused on social media. Parents fear social workers removing their children from their care. Teenagers in London are afraid of being knifed to death. One in three women are in fear of their neighbours discovering they have had an abortion. Brexiteers are in fear of being betrayed by politicians and Remainers are in fear of the imagined catalysm if Britain ‘crashes out’ of the European Union. The hard left are in fear of the hard right, and vice versa. Each group is afraid of other groups and the list goes on.
This culture of fear has replaced ‘live and let live’, in step with secularism replacing Christianity in the United Kingdom.
“You won’t miss the water till the well runs dry” – slowly, people are discovering what happens when you replace the fear of God with the fear of man. They have still to diagnose the problem.
Jesus Christ addresses these fears and one of the commonest phrases in the Bible is ‘Fear not’. The godly Psalmist knew how to deal with it: ‘we will not fear though the earth quakes and the mountains be moved into the midst of the sea’ Ps 46:1-5.
‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. Whoever is afraid has not been perfected in love.1Jn 4:18