Not Expected, Possible, Probable, Expected, Certain…last week a new “Terror Threat Alert System” was put in place in Australia to more clearly define the potential for terrorist activities across our country. The current ‘threat level’ has been set at ‘Probable’, which is about the same as it has been for the last couple of years.
On November 13, 130 people were killed and over 650 injured as co-ordinated attacks ripped open the heart of the nation of France and sent shock waves across the whole world. Threat Levels were adjusted in every nation and new limitations and checks were put in place in an attempt to stave off further similar attacks. The French attacks became a universal discussion point and it seems that everyone has an opinion and that everyone has been impacted.
The purpose of the Terrorist is to instil fear and, through the constriction of fear, to impose their worldview upon everyone else…if there is enough fear then they have achieved their goal.
As we rapidly approach Christmas this year I want to remind you of one of its central messages.
The Angels that announced the birth of Christ raised their voices and proclaimed loudly to all those who would hear – “FEAR NOT!”
The world that Christ was born in was filled with turmoil, greed, arrogance, terror and hatred. These were common; in fact they were daily occurrences. People were limited, constricted, and faced lives without hope for the future…and into that world walked Jesus – the Prince of Peace.
Christmas is a time of joy, celebration and family but I am certain that at some point your thoughts will rest upon those families whose worlds have been shattered by recent events. But when you find yourself thinking of that I want to encourage you to not give into fear. If we give into fear then those who perpetrate terror have won.
This Christmas, do not base your hope, joy or confidence on a threat assessment that can change from day to day. Do not base your life on the possibility of a negative but put your trust, and base your life, on the certainty of the one positive that changes everything!
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:10–14