The whole point of terrorism is to make people afraid. You don’t know when or how the next strike will come. Panic rises and society reacts to the events, and the terrorist is in control.
I’m not saying that it is wrong to be afraid. It’s actually natural, and sometimes fear is a good thing. However, to be so gripped by fear that you change your daily life because of a single occurrence is ridiculous. You are no more or less safe from one day to the next. The only thing that you give up when you give in to fear is control.
When some crazy guys flew planes into buildings, we gave up the ability to put shampoo in our carry-ons.
When a lone shooter went into a elementary school and killed children, we were willing to give up our 2nd amendment right.
So now that some guys have put explosives in pressure cookers in Boston, are we going to give up our kitchen items?
That would be silly…
After World War 2, many mothers began to give up everything so that they could raise their children and keep them safe from the horrors of war their husbands and brothers experienced. Even though they were capable of being in the workforce, they wanted to make sure that their kids didn’t have to go through what they went through. Does this sound familiar?
However, when those children grew up, they felt smothered. That’s why in the 60s you see the sexual revolution, with hippies and drugs and rock and roll. And when the time came for that generation to fight in the Vietnam war, they ran to Canada to dodge the draft. They ridiculed and shunned those brave enough to answer the call.
Is that what we want to happen to our children? Do we want to give up our rights because we’re afraid?
Maybe it’s because I have faith that God is real and that He loves me, that I’m not gripped by fear of death. I mean, yes, there are many things I’d like to do, but just as St. Paul said, “To die is gain, to live is Christ.” Even if I were to die before hitting “publish” I know I’ll be in a much better place than I am right now. So, no, I’m not afraid. I’m sad for those who are suffering and for the families that are grieving… but I’m not afraid. I know that my God is bigger than any problem, more powerful than any explosion. And I know that I am safe in His arms. I pray that everyone can find and know this peace, and this love.
He is waiting to rescue you from all fear.
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” —Psalm 34:4