Fourteen long years of battling terror have come and gone. We’ve learned so much. We’ve learned that our enemy was more determined and wide spread than we ever imagined. We’ve learned that freedom comes at a terrible price. We’ve also discovered what it means to live with the constant reminder that the next attack could come from any direction without warning. You would think such a faceless foe would fill us with dread.
It doesn’t. Americans go on with their lives much the same as we always have. We shop. We watch sporting events. We worship. We complain, and laugh, and live, and learn. Terrorism hasn’t stopped us. Has it changed us? Sure. We endure more scrutiny and are willing to live with less privacy. Airport security is a necessary nuisance, but one that we understand and are willing to endure. Still, life goes on.
How is it that we have such a dreaded enemy but still manage to live without fear? Is it the randomness of terror? “It won’t happen to me, I’m a nobody in the backwoods of Louisiana.” That might be part of it, but it surely doesn’t explain it all.
I think we live without fear because we have grown to trust those who keep us safe. We have champions on foreign soil fighting the enemy head on. Other champions are in quiet places listening to the conversations of the enemy, following his movements, and making sure that he does not have access to me or the American people. Even though I don’t see them or understand them I am totally dependent on the vigilance of the American champions to keep me secure. Because of that, I am still free.
Come to think of it, this whole terror thing sounds a lot like the biblical description of spiritual warfare. We have an enemy that is bent on our destruction. The bible says that his threefold purpose is “to steal,” “kill,” and “destroy.” So why don’t we live in fear? You already know the answer. We have a champion.
Psalm 27:1-3 1″The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread? 2When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. 3Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.”
You have a champion. So what do you have to fear?