Peace in the midst of anxiety and chaos

Yesterday someone told me they have been anxious to the point of feeling unhealthy.  They pointed out that social media and the news is a bombardment of negativity and it upsets them.  All the cable news networks have figured out that when they magnify, or at times even create crisis, it drives ratings up.  And the more the ratings go up, the more they focus on and exaggerate negativity.

It cracks me up when people get on Facebook to complain about all the negativity.  It’s like the Hotels.com commercial when “Captain Obvious” says, when you fight fire with fire, it’s hard to put out a fire.  And we are all guilty.  I can do a blog post on homosexuality or illegal immigration and 1,500 people will read it, share it, and comment on Facebook.  I do one on “the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding” and less than 100 people will read it and share it.  It is almost as if we have been wired by the world to seek out stuff to complain and get upset about.

What we have to understand is that Christians are never going to find peace in the world.  The Apostle Paul didn’t.  Peter didn’t.  And even Jesus didn’t.  So it only makes sense to quit looking for it there.  Christians who talk like we just need to acquiesce to the ways of the world to find peace in the world are wrong.  Christians who talk like we can love our way to peace in the world are wrong.  In the world, you are not going to find peace, but are guaranteed to find trouble.  But take heart.  The constant negativity of the world is bad news for those who are perishing, but for those who are saved by the cross of Christ, the negativity of the world is a reminder of where our peace comes from.  It comes from the One who created us and loves us unconditionally, and who sends His Spirit to dwell with us.

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