“Those who submit themselves most unreservedly to the sovereignty of God are most delivered from the fear of man.” -Augustus Strong, Systematic Theology, fifth edition (New York: A.C. Armstrong and Son, 1896), 181.
These words, from theologian Augustus Strong well over a century ago, express a sentiment profoundly Christian and perennially relevant. We live in a time where there is a great deal of the fear of man, where the fear of man is a motivator for personal and societal change. None of us wants to suffer for the truth; but how do we firm up our backbone in a culture of intimidation and manipulation, where the consequences of stepping even a little out of line can be rather drastic?
We must have a Christian worldview. We must look beyond this world and its petty powers, to the Almighty God and His eternal judgment. The antidote to fear of man is a strong grasp on the authority of God. God is King, His victory is assured—and with it the vindication of His people and the condemnation of His enemies. Being on ‘the wrong side of history’ is nothing compared to being on the wrong side of eternity.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” -Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:28, ESV)
If our resolve is weak in the face of lies, if we find ourselves afraid of man, we should pray that God will fill us more and more with a sense of His majesty and authority, His kingly glory, His holy power and His righteous love.
Jesus is Lord.