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“Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled”

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2024
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by AMAC, Robert B. Charles
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Three crosses and empty grave. Three crosses and an empty grave on Easter morning with a heart shape in the rocks

Where is the hope? In a time of great persecution, Christ foretold the future and said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” John recorded that day in Jerusalem, and how the Disciples struggled to understand what was being said, somehow there was unbounded hope beyond darkness, a heaven beyond earth. John 14:1.

In this Easter season, as many prepare for Easter, Christ’s words return. “In my Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you,” was his promise. Thomas pressed: “We know not whither thou goest, and how we can find the way.”

Christ understood Thomas, how doubt erodes conviction, unknowing leads to fear, causing a heart to quiver, and offered comfort: God’s love was theirs in proportion to their faith. The “truth” was unchanging, miracles he performed proof of “my Father’s” love, “ye … have seen Him.”

In time, of course, what Christ – and the Old Testament – foretold occurred, just as foretold, and what was a mystery became clear. Thomas and those who dared to believe found themselves comforted, empowered, and surrounded by the presence Christ spoke of.

In some ways, the world is dark again – or perhaps it never changes. Those of faith are bullied, buffeted, and browbeaten, arrested for their faith. They are targeted for their moral compass, and conscience, not bowing to social norms or government mandates.

In this season especially, but in all seasons, how do we deal with rising intolerance for and persecution of those who hold dear the tenets of Christianity, honest belief?

The answer is, despite the anti-family, anti-tradition, anti-faith, and anti-constitutional sentiment – all the hoopla and demand that we accept the pro-conformity, pro-government, pro-atheistic demagoguery – reality does not change. The truth – in our Constitution and in the Bible – remains just that, the truth.

As true today as in ancient Egypt, power corrupts. We do not call them Pharaohs, but those in power too often seek to perpetuate it through coercion, demagoguery, shame, and making those who do not conform social outcasts. None of this is new.

Put differently, the elevation of government to God-status in ancient Egypt, roughly 3150 BC – “Before Christ,” not the secularized BCE, “Before Common Era” – is not so different from what we are seeing today, what the Chinese people suffer, what the Russians suffered under the Soviets, and what now creeps forward.

Those of Christian faith – or any strong faith – hold God in higher esteem than the Government. It is just a fact, a corollary of their faith – but one that infuriates, at times terrifies, those who think the Government should be almighty.

While we are part of a civil society, and so “render under Ceasar what is Ceasar’s” – that is, we follow the laws that keep us functional, our conscience does not belong to Ceasar. Nor are sincere religious convictions subject to bulldozing.

So, back to that question: How do we handle rising pressure to abandon our conscience, shed lifetime values, dispose of our moral compass, and follow the herd, let others tell us what to do? How do we not give in to get along?

We return to basics, remember government is not the final arbiter of conscience. Government is never the last word – on right and wrong, who we are, what we do.

We, the People, decide our fate – individually and together. We, the People must have the confidence to know ourselves, and – especially in this season –lean on our faith, rely on it in dark times, and recall the promise.

Many know The Beatitudes and heartening verses from the Old and New Testaments, the 23rd Psalm’s proclamation “I will fear no evil” and Isaiah 40:31: “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

But we have more. We have other words, direct and clear, from which to take heart, words of comfort that encourage us to look up not down, forward not back.

The words in John 14:1 were followed by Christ speaking again, there in Jerusalem, not long before he and the disciples headed north to cross the Kidron Valley between the Temple Mount and Mount of Olives, before that first Easter.

Said Christ: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” So there it is: Fear is defeated by courage, and peace is found in faith, always and forever. There is the hope.

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.

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Max
Max
23 days ago

RBC, wonderful article. Those who know, believe, understand, and trust the Word of our God, need not to fear the current down fall of the world. We are to be faithful, love our enemies since we know where our home truly is — Heaven.

Rebecca
Rebecca
23 days ago

This message is peace to my soul. I do not forget the Lord’s words but it’s encouraging to see others put them in print for all to read. Thank you. You are a blessing to me.

Roberta Kammer
Roberta Kammer
23 days ago

Just……Thank you.❤

Perry
Perry
22 days ago

Inspiration in an article….what a concept! Thank you for the boost your article gives a weary and embattled “traditional American”.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
22 days ago

The entire article, especially the last paragraph , describe the foundation and the spirit for having civilization preserved. The way Christ inspired , guided , comforted – to appreciate all of the good things that develop ,when there is respect for those teachings. That gives purpose to what those who understand the need to be responsible is all about. We have duties, obligations to maintain civilization that includes freedom , that makes possible understanding , that has a place for people to achieve goals that are for the betterment of life. The Holy Family , the contemplation on all the various stages in the story of Jesus Christ , worthwhile in the interest of truth, and hope, and joy . How much experience can be passed on by the accomplishments of noble goals, that is something to keep in mind. The importance of intelligent , clear communication , of having a respectful , uplifting sense of humor, of the occasional needed renewal of good character traits, with attention to the reverence for honor,honesty,integrity, courage, loyalty – there is plenty to do. Great message in this article Robert , it is appreciated . For Mary, Joseph, Jesus – for the soul and spirit , the joy , and reverence for life .

Ralph
Ralph
23 days ago

If only people would recognize “Judas goat” Joe as the false leader of a herd of sheep…

johnh
johnh
23 days ago

Thank you for bringing up John..14 on this forum.

John
John
22 days ago

AMAC, Thank you for this article as it has given us hope and faith that there are other’s who still abide by the truth and God.
Be true to thy self.

Donna
Donna
21 days ago

Great article of encouragement! God is our hope and strength, our deliverance!

DShankle
DShankle
19 days ago

Mr.Charles, I always enjoy the articles that you write because of the common sense you proclaim and obvious convictions you uphold. As my mother used to say, ” Now that will PREACH”.
Would you consider running for POTUS?

Garyk
Garyk
20 days ago

Thank You. We all need reminders that Our Faith,Family and Freedom are God given gifts to always cherish and preserve.

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