Despite apparent good economic times, there is a lot of anxiety in the hearts of young men and women. Baby-boomers had parents who sacrificed to give them a better life. Generation Xers now see their parents let the good times roll. They consume with a vengeance. The Xers may not have the same financial or family security.
Easy divorce and abortion on demand heighten tensions. Parents split and go their own way. Unwanted “products of conception” make their way to hospital incinerators with diseased body parts. It’s a gruesome metaphor covering all sense of worth and security with a melancholy gloom. The holiday season tends to make things worse. Where is the joy? Where are the security and inner peace of heart and mind?
Here is a profound text from the Bible. “You have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father’” (Romans 8:15). The fears and anxieties of life spring from self-centered, selfish, pleasure-driven living. They lead us into slavery.
Jesus Christ breaks the cycle of self-serving sin. Through faith in Him and His sacrifice on a cross, we receive adoption into a new family full of hope. God, it turns out, is not One to fear but to love. God is our Father.
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