by Frank Pollard

By Frank Pollard
Luke 1:13, 1:30; 2:10

Do we need anything more than to be released from
fear? Gabriel, the great messenger from God, brought the
first words about Christmas to Zechariah, father of John
the Baptist, and said, "Do not be afraid, your prayer has
been heard" (Luke 1:13). Then God sent Gabriel to bring
His word to Mary. To her He said, "Do not be afraid,
Mary. You have found favor with God" (Luke 1:30). We are
not told the name of the angel who announced the birth to
the shepherds but the angel said to them, "Do not be
afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be
for all people" (Luke 2:10). The first Christmas announce-
ment is an affirmation and a command. "Do not be afraid."
But we are afraid, aren't we? We are as afraid as
any group of people who have ever lived. Sociologists are
beginning to call our decade "the fear driven nineties".
Fear is a part of our lives. Fear is shown in our need for
security. By the way, security is the politically correct
word for fear. Look in cars, homes and purses and see that
we all are alarmed to the teeth. There are more private
police officers now than public police officers. This past
week, two men stricken by the fear that a robbery was in
process in their homes, panicked and killed family
Fear dominates our screens, both television and
movie. From "Outbreak" to "Water World" to "Casper" and a
new film coming out this winter and being promoted as
"Ghostly the Darkneas" fear ia the theme. We are getting
a lot ghost stuff in entertainment now. Ambrose
Bierdefines "ghosts" as an outward and visible sign of
inward fear. Last year the FOX television programs, "The X
Files", won the Golden Globe award for the best dramatic
series. That program started it's first episodes with the
statement, "Trust no one, fear everything".
Fear dominates our political scene. How many
speeches do you hear which begin, "I am afraid for our
nation" or "I am deeply ...

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