Panic and Paranoia Can be Contagious and Dangerous

Listening to the news can be stressful. Fake news creates panic and paranoia, fear and distrust. It seems that the last four years, “fake news” has been shaping our online experience more often than not, regarding our politics and our belief system. And boy, I have had it with fake news. After we went on lockdown, I found it ever so difficult to make a distinction between all the various news sources. Every news source had picked a side. And forget talk shows. The last talk show I watched was Phil Donahue. Seems like every news source was questionable. Even brothers and sisters, pastors and elders, in Christ were believing stuff that just couldn’t be true. So, I stopped reading the news on social media. I unfriended anyone that was reposting news articles, especially FB friends posting right wing propaganda. I stuck to listening to the local news.

Today, I look around and all I see is a nation gripped by a bad case of paranoia. I am so glad that I stopped watching news on social media. As I watch this blessed nation, friends and family sink deeper into a well construction deception, I praise God because He gave me peace to surpass all understanding.

Millions of Americans are caught up in this delusion that democrats are somehow manipulating this election. I’m like – really! They can barely get themselves elected to office. And they give it their best shot. Honestly, it has been my opinion that democrats are there own worst enemy, at least in Texas. I find it so sad, so disheartening that millions of Americans would rather believe that democrats would cheat in an election than to believe that the election process works as it should. And many of them sincerely believe that only democrats are capable of fraud. I don’t understand how any one could believe that only one group of people could be “evil.”

Oh people of God! Where is your God? You recite scripture. You pray in the public squares. Oh, you religious leaders. You put on a nice show. You are more concerned with building a successful and prosperous people of God than a people whose heart is for God and fears God. You resist God’s will. I don’t know, but it seems unlikely that the children of the living God would be so fearful of any man and his politics. You encourage believers to defend their worldly rights. Identifying as an American is part of our worldly identity. We live in this land, but it is not our home. We should not store treasures in this world. We vote because we are privileged, but God can remove that blessing at His command. And seems Scripture says we can count on persecution and tribulation. Will you prevent, or delay what God has ordained? Do you want God’s favor? Then implore the people of God to turn their heart back to the living God.

Who is the accuser of the brethren? Have you forgotten? He was the one that in the beginning deceived the woman.

One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 
But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Job 1
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life." Job 2

Trust God in all things. That’s what God’s word says. He is working things out. Be still and wait on the Lord.

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