Column: Be strong, fear not!

Soucheray

Soucheray

“Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you,” Isaiah 35:4.

What does it mean that God has come to save us? Do we need to be saved, and if so, from what? When we look around our world, it seems clear that something is gravely wrong. When we have kids callously harming other kids, social media that is out of control for so many youth and adults, it seems that something is not right. But what can we do?

Being strong does not seem like it’s enough to stem the tide of what is upon us at this time. As Edmund Burke states, the way for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. If you could do something today that would help — or at least you think it might help — what would it be? And is it possible for you to access what you need to bring about what you have in mind? If so, why not try it? Is it to say something the next time you see someone being bullied or someone taking something that isn’t theirs? Is it to offer consolation to someone in pain? Is it to be Christ to them?

It is the responsibility of every Christian to live out their values, which call us to righteousness. This is right order of relationship, not self-righteousness. What can you do today to be a witness to others of what you believe is right, according to your Christian faith? Whatever that is, do it. Do it today! Don’t wait. Step forward in your faith; act boldly and courageously to speak of your faith, and — when you must — use words.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist at Christian Heart Counseling, located at 275 3rd St. S., No. 303, Stillwater. She can be reached at kate@christianheartcounseling.com or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.

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