A Stressed Out World

 Written by Jason Allums

To say we live in a stressed out world is an understatement. I want to qualify the following comments to acknowledge that each generation has had to deal with their own level of stress that was in the world. And I am not comparing the level of stress now with other levels of stress in the past as to say one is greater than the other. I am simply stating a fact that people are stressed out!

Take for example the Covid-19 pandemic. There are so many stress factors associated with that one event that I could fill up an entire book. In the earlier days of it we were stressed about catching it. People were washing down their food, items, and other things bought at the store. People were stressed when they did catch it. Am I going to die from it? Is my loved one going to survive this? Then you had the stress of being isolated from the people you loved and from your friends. Add on the stress of the vaccine of whether I should take it, do I have to take it, and what happens if I do? Wow, I am stressing myself out right now!

Another example of the stress we are living in is the society’s attitudes toward sex, gender, sexual permissiveness, the new social roles of gender and sexuality, and the promotion of transgenders as young as fives years old. Whereby you have a political party (Democrats) actively making the case from a moral standpoint that you can’t disagree with the practice of a young kid under the age of twelve taking drugs to chemically castrate themselves (O’Neill, Jesse. “Biden Calls Curbs on Treatment for Trans Kids 'Outrageous,' 'Immoral'.” New York Post, 24 Oct. 2022). At the posting of this blog–November 7, we vote tomorrow on November 8. Let your vote be heard loud and clear that we will stand against this radical agenda and that it is immoral to allow a child to take these harmful drugs.

In more ways than we can count here, people are trying to cope with stress. Our mode of life itself, the way we live, is emerging as a leading cause of stress and illness. Against this backdrop of grim social change, this avalanche of hostilities and pressures—stands the solitary figure of Jesus Christ, saying to us: “Let not your heart be troubled”!

John 14:1—”Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.”

Is there any message more needed in this crazy world? Have any words spoken by Jesus ever penetrated more deeply into the searching, lonely, panicked soul than those: “Let not your heart be troubled”?

I will listen to the words of this man, for He proved His worth to me the night before His crucifixion when He turned to His traveling disciples and said, “My peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). How could anyone have peace on such a stressful night, knowing that within hours His body would be stretched on a Roman cross with brutal nails ramming through His flesh, His bow gouged into an unrecognizable shape, His face caved in by the fists of soldiers? Yet in that terrible nightfall, Christ had peace that passes all human comprehension.

Our Lord, who loves us and understands us, taught that if you want an ease from this stress, worry, concern, and an untroubled heart, then you must believe in God! I close here with
Matthew 11:28–
Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”!

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