There has been a
productive tactic used by the purveyors of darkness ever since the first humans
walked upon the face of the Earth. The tactic is really simple and continues to
sell to this day. Lies are crafted using fear and doubt to create a product.
Once the product is ready for market advertisers try to convince us why we need
what is being offered as a remedy for our problem. These well-crafted lies are
inserted into the hearts and minds of people using human logic to make the lie
seem believable and rational. Once a product has a perceived value to the
consumer it becomes a needed product in every household.
products sell. This was the tactic used by the snake oil dealers on the
American frontier. When a snake oil dealer pulled his garish wagon into a naive
small town, fear was hawked from the back of the wagon creating the consumer.
“Good for what ails you!” was the promise. When the carnival-sounding words of
fear finally took hold people begin to push through the captivated crowd with
money in hand demanding their personal bottle of deception convinced it would ease the pain of their fear.
None of us move
forward with fear, judgment or doubt. These things freeze our faith in a place
of disbelief. This is why the voice of the Church must be one of hope and a
better future. This way of thinking and living invites individuals and cultures
to take the next steps needed to move us forward into the goodness of God and
the hope of something better. Our other option is to dig deeper into our
foxholes of disbelief swilling the potions of fear never finding true relief
from what ails our soul. The enemy is always “out there” just beyond the no
man’s land of our fears. We continue to drink in the lies and toss our grenades
Today, go to
your spiritual medicine cabinet. Toss out your bottles of doomsday eschatology.
Throw away the pills of separation that make you better than others. Flush the
medicine of doubt about your future that crept in when you failed miserably.
Sweep your hand across the shelves with the same intensity demonstrated by
Jesus when He cleaned house that day in the Temple driving out the
This is a new day for you – a day created and intended to not have fear
anywhere in your thinking or in the planning for your future. Anything that
does not line up with faith, hope, and love needs to go.