Latin America News: Fear that keeps us in Bondage

By Chestley Howell

For months, people have retreated into the confines of their homes, hiding in fear from an invisible virus that has sickened many and claimed the lives of many more. But in mere seconds, an even greater tragedy can cause people to rush outside, also in fear. An earthquake recently hit the Mexican state of Oaxaca, causing buildings to tremble and fall, and claiming six lives. Many people were evacuated, but some isolated villages have yet to be reached by rescuers. 

The fear of death enslaves humanity. Whether from a virus, natural disaster, accident, or old age, most people fear death and do whatever they can to overcome, avoid, or deny it. They have no knowledge or hope of life after death. So they live accordingly, pursuing a prosperous and secure life here on earth, using any means to ward off death because this existence is all they believe they will have. 

As Christians, we know that “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We don’t live in constant fear or worry about what will happen when we die. We know that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” And we have this future and hope because of Jesus–the Savior who laid down His life, conquered the devil who empowers death, rose again, and freed us from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). Jesus removed death’s sting and swallowed it up in victory. In doing so, He gave us an eternal inheritance and joy. Christ is our greatest gain in death.

Wouldn’t it be incredible if people could find that same confidence and eternal security in Jesus? Then they could be freed from the enslaving fear of death and instead look forward to an eternity with Christ. But how will they call, believe, and hear about our Savior without a preacher? People need the life-changing truths of the gospel. Would you be willing to go and tell them?

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