Following Monday’s terror attack on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem offered an excellent commentary about “the core fear of any parent – that you could send your child off to an event and for reasons that are cruel and evil never see them again.” The former assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and author of “Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home” states:
So, if we are to learn anything from this, it is not to never leave your kids out of your sight. We need them to be resilient and fearless. It is to take the necessary precautions beforehand and empower yourself and them should something happen. Where will you meet? Who will they be with? Is there a home or nearby area to reconvene? Teach them to see something and say something. Empower them as you would empower yourself.
I’ve heard it before: what a horrible world that such a thing like this could happen. I know. But we cannot wish, hopelessly, for some alternative world where our kids are free from harm. We will be wishing forever.
What we can do is work to manage our own safety and security, to bring it home with our kids in ways that they can understand. Empower them. Make them fearless in a world with too much fear.
I wholeheartedly agree.
However, empowering kids and making them “fearless” also requires a faith that overcomes fear – A faith that is fearless in the face of death.
“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 ESV)
There is more to life than what we see. Our soul lives on after we die. Until we have peace with God, the creator of our soul, we will never grasp the ability to live fearlessly.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father.” (Matthew 10:29-33 ESV).
The Gospel message is victorious. Jesus overcame death (Revelation 1:18 NLT) and invites us to do the same (John 11:25-26 NLT).
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4-5 NLT).
After death, we will stand before God, to whom we are accountable (Hebrews 9:27-28 NLT).
But there is hope. By placing your faith in Jesus, you can look death in the eye – with peace – knowing your soul is safe with God in Heaven.
Jesus comforts us:
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB).
Is your faith in Jesus Christ? If not, why not trust him today?