Last week we observed the seventeenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. The country was swept into a feeling of fear and despondency. This blog post is published closer to the anniversary of the anthrax attacks of 2001, when Americans were scared to even open their mail and be added to the list of mounting casualties who had breathed in the deadly toxin.

Without Christ, the hearts of man are captive to evil and selfishness, making this a dangerous and unpredictable world. But, this is the world into which Jesus came and into which the Christian is called to proclaim His gospel. He is our triumph, our victory cry. As the old hymn proclaims, faith in Christ IS the victory and we can sing over terror and pain with the anthem, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1, ESV).

Rise up, O Christian, and walk in faith, not fear.