September 8, 2020

Sep 8, 2020    Matt Greven
I will go to the king. I know it is against the law to go to the king if he didn’t call me, but I will do it anyway. If I die, I die. Esther 4:16

Fear. A powerful emotion that can control our lives. My fear of falling means I will never skydive. If a mouse came in our house, Lisa would be on top of the kitchen table or running out of the house. Politicians use fear so we will vote a certain way. Last year, Time’s Person of the Year was Greta Thunberg for telling us how we need to fear climate change. You might remember her saying “How dare you! …People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction.” While some of our fears may be more rational than others, I think we all know what the biggest fear in the world today is. Covid-19 is in the news every single day for months now, giving us one more reason to be afraid. We are told we should fear, because everyday people die from Covid-19. To say anything different would be crazy, and that is where my favorite quarterback comes in.

Google “if I die, I die” and instead of getting Esther you will get lots of stuff on QB Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings. He made national headlines last week, when he was asked about why he wasn’t personally worried about covid-19 and said “Even if I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that.” While many in the media were alarmed that Kirk was not living in fear, his father twitted this out. “As his father I would be saddened… if he was fearful of dying. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear...” 2 Tim 1:7 “perfect love (Gods) drives out fear...” I Jn 4:18. Great answer Kirk!” I listened to the interview and I liked Kirk’s response too. Not fearing death, is a great way to live!

Does this mean we don’t take precautions or try to save lives? No, Christians always have been and should be pro-life. That’s not limited to abortion. Christians should be trying to find cures, care for the sick. The Red Cross and so many hospitals across the world have been started by Christians. Jesus was known for healing the sick. For believers, not fearing death doesn’t come from a careless view of live, but from trusting and knowing God is in control. That our lives and our death is in God’s hands. That death is not the end, but the beginning of an eternity with Him. So we can say with Kirk Cousins, if I die, I die. Death is not game over, it’s a new beginning.

I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what lies ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

Matthew Greven