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Have you ever heard the phrase, “from the frying pan to the fire”? It seems like we have jumped from the frying pan (coronavirus) to the fire (protests and rioting).

Over the last three months with this pandemic and now with the death of George Floyd in the Cities it feels as if life around us has seemed to escalate for the worse.

As more and more protests take place it seems like tempers flare and it escalates into a full-blown riot. Do not get me wrong as we do have the right as American citizens to protest, but not to burn, ravage and steal from our local businesses and to kill our neighbors

These days remind me of the protests in the late 60’s and early 70’s and the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992.

All around us today is that spirit of fear from the coronavirus to the spirit of hate as we experience the protests and riots around our country. We wonder and ask ourselves, when does it all end? Is there an end to the fear and hate? What is happening to our country today?

These are great questions but to be honest, I don’t have the answers to any of those questions! What I do know is this…we cannot allow the fear and hate to overwhelm and overtake us!

Can I share with you about hate? This is how hatred will normally take place. Imagine a crack in your windshield. Thanks to whatever vehicle passed your way and flipped up that little pebble onto your windshield now it is chipped. As time goes by the nick becomes a crack and the crack becomes a winding tributary of cracks. Soon the cracks become a spiderweb of fragments.

What hatred does is sour your outlook and breaks your back and you can’t see anything in front of you because you are too busy looking behind you!

When we are caught in that whirlpool of hatred it is like that small crack in the windshield it starts small, but then we get caught up in all that is happening around us and the hatred grows like the crack.

Like the crack in the windshield it spreads if it is not fixed. Hatred spreads the same way as it becomes like “blind rage” if it is not fixed!

When we can’t see because of the hatred, then we become like those cracks and the hatred spreads out through us to others!

I can only tell you from my own experience that fear and hatred will break you and the only cure for both of those emotions is Christ!

I have been reading posts from friends, family and acquaintances on Facebook and it seems like many of us are in the same mind that we must give it all to Jesus!

I think most of us know we live in a toxic world and we gain nothing when we try to gloss over the brutality of human existence. Somewhere between blind fear and blatant hatred stand the levelheaded, clear thinking, still believing follower of Jesus Christ.

We may be wide eyed, but we are not afraid. Unafraid of the terrifying. The calmest kid on the block, not for a lack of bullies, but for our faith in our older Brother.

The people of God know this peace found in Psalm 27:3, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident” (NIV).

Paul writes these words in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

All things, both good and bad, big and small, flow out of the purpose of God and serve His good will. When the world seems to be totally out of control and chaos seems to be running rampant, it isn’t! When warmongers seem to be in charge, they aren’t! When chaotic catastrophes dominate the landscape, don’t let them dominate you!

We have a Heavenly Father who sees all and knows all. Even though we question why these things are happening and how could God allow these things to happen…remember we live in a fallen world.

Perhaps God is trying to reveal to us a greater need for Him. Preparing us for what is yet to come in the days ahead!

Let us not allow the fear, panic and hatred to keep us from being the church of Jesus Christ today! Jesus tells us in John 14:1, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (NLT).

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