Recently I’ve been spending time looking at Tom Snyder’s tweets.
If I had to describe his tweets in one word, that word would be “Fear.”
That got me thinking…
To quote George R.R. Martin:
“All men must die.”
And, if you’re a Christian, you believe that Jesus has conquered death.
If death is 1) An unavoidable part of life, and 2) Something that has lost its sting because of Jesus’ death on the cross, than:
What is there to be afraid of?
To a Christian, death is not supposed to be the worst thing ever. Losing your soul is supposed to be.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)
When I see tweets like the one above, I wonder:
Where is your faith, Tom Snyder? Is it in America, or Jesus?
Nowadays, Christians seem to have a tendency to put their faith in America…
Who told these people that they could just pack up and invade Europe, including Scandinavian countries in the far north, much less countries like the United States of America?*
…not in Jesus.
I’m not implying that nothing should be done to stop Islamic extremism. Terrorists should be stopped.
I just, as a Christian (specifically, as a Catholic), refuse to live my life fearing death and destruction.
On a final note:
Dying is not something I want to do, but I can think of worse fates than death.
Or being forced to watch The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987).
*Emphasis mine. That is an excerpt from They Aren’t Refugees; They’re Invaders! by Tom Snyder