I hate Halloween, but Jesus is the only “safe space” I need.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
– Psalm 91:1 KJV
O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge…
– Psalm 7:1
Therefore, I can even adapt the 23rd psalm to my current circumstance by substituting “Halloween” for “the valley of the shadow of death” in the following verse:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me…
– Psalm 23:4
God’s promises are an ever-present help in time of need:
You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.
– Psalm 91:5-10
The only “safe space” we need is the spiritual state of mind that God gives us through His word. Let’s look at the world through Jesus’ eyes. Psalms like the ones above provided Jesus His worldview when He walked the earth. They will work for us in the same way.
No one has to give me a physical “safe space” to protect me through Halloween. My safe space is with me wherever I go.
…the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
– Joshua 1:9
Let’s say that you and I are Christians living in the ancient Roman Empire. Let’s further imagine that voting was allowed for the position of emperor and there are only two candidates who have a chance of capturing enough votes to win the election: Caligula A and Caligula B. Both are of unsavory character and both would make a terrible emperor. The only difference between them is that Caligula A (a longtime abortion supporter) promises to continue being pro-abortion while Caligula B (a longtime abortion supporter) promises to be anti-abortion.
Even though the outcome of the election would make no difference in your life or mine, would our Christian duty impel us to vote for Caligula B in the hope that fewer babies might be murdered? And if it did, would we allow ourselves to be dissuaded from voting in this way because some Christians said that voting for Caligula B meant that you and I would therefore be complicit in whatever evil deeds he would commit while in office?
Is it more important to do right in the sight of God or to do right in the sight of people?
The first tick of a baby’s heart happens as early as 16 days after conception, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Oxford.
If the US Supreme Court of the last fifty years has legalized, institutionalized, and made practically sacred a mother’s right to abortion-on-demand, what will the Supreme Court of the next fifty years do when its liberal wing is given clear and overwhelming majority status with the next few justices who will be appointed?
Do you think things cannot get worse? Think again.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th – just over a month away. Here’s a comparison of where the two major candidates stand on the issues, produced by a Christian organization that studies the publicly-available information:
Faith and Freedom Coalition 2016 Voter Guide
[Editorial note, November 22, 2016: This voter guide is no longer being maintained, so I had to disable the link.]
Since babies in the womb are not eligible to vote, and since the Bible tells us to look out not merely for our own interests but for the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4), especially when they are weaker than we are (Romans 15:1), I can’t help my attention being drawn to the issue that is listed first on this voter guide: abortion.
Personally, I wish we had two other people from whom to choose the next president…but we don’t. Nevertheless, it is clear to me that one of these two people, especially when Supreme Court appointments are taken into consideration, will surely keep children in the womb vulnerable to legal abortion-on-demand for the next 30-40 years. The other might not. Therefore, it’s clear to me for whom I should vote – if I follow Jesus’ instructions to put first the interest of those weaker than myself.