“In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” –Psalm 56:11 (NIV)
Throughout human history those who have exercised absolute power have always made extensive use of propaganda. From the time of the Pharaohs to the totalitarian dictators of the present day, its purpose has remained the same. By portraying the limitless power and infallibility of a leader or party, the object of propaganda is to instil awe and fear in the hearts of the people. In doing so, they lessen the chances of disgruntled citizens questioning and rising up against the will of those in control. But while statues and broadcasts may try to appear convincing in the depiction of their subject’s godlike status, the fact is that they are not. In reality, the figures which propaganda tries to elevate are very much human; suffering from the same limitations and flaws as any other person.
We too have fed ourselves false propaganda. How often have we cowered before men? In our minds we have exaggerated their power and abilities over us. Yet when we have constructed this image in our minds, we become paralyzed with fear. Afraid of what may happen to us if we take a stand for something they are not in favour of, we become immobilized; unable to boldly proclaim the righteousness and justice of Christ. But how can this be when we serve an omnipotent God? Why do we fear men when Christ, who is God Incarnate and who gave man breath, promises to be our stronghold and fortress when we walk in obedience to Him? Through Him we have conquered those diseases that plague man, sin and death, and assured of the hope of dwelling with Him in Heaven. Who therefore is man that we should allow them to intimidate us? When we have allowed Christ’s Spirit to reside within us and look through His eyes, we will be able to see people as they really are; not as invincible supermen, but souls in desperate need of salvation just as much as ourselves. He will give us the courage to speak fearlessly His truth no matter the audience and no matter the cost.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.