Overcoming Fear In A Time Of Crisis – Pt 03 – Not Everything I Hear Is True – David Hibbert.
- Don’t Be Gullible!
So, we’re talking about how to overcome fear in a time of crisis. And as I said last time, What we KNOW is what gets us THROUGH. And so today I want to remind us of the first thing that will cause us to have confidence and courage and calmness.
And the first thing I want to remind us of, is that NOT EVERYTHING I HEAR IS TRUE. Not everything I hear is true.
The Bible places a big emphasis on getting the facts before we react – especially before we make any major decision or take any action in life.
Proverbs 14:15, MES – (15) “The gullible believe anything they’re told but the prudent sift and weigh every word.”
Have you ever been gullible? Have you ever heard something and believed it, that was later proved to be false? Well, I certainly have – but I am learning how to be less gullible.
You see, not everyone who speaks on the internet, on social media, on TV, on the radio, or on our favorite news feed knows what they are talking about. Not everyone who is talking about this crisis is worth listening to.
Even our governments and our health organizations are starting to say some pretty wild things.
So the first thing we need to do, is be selective in what we listen to, and discerning in what we hear. Because not everyone knows what they are talking about. And many people even have their own agenda for this crisis.
- Be Cautious Of Hidden Agendas
a) Political Agendas
In fact, many people will try to use this crisis for their own political advantage. So they will spread conspiracy theories, or spend a lot of time blaming their opponents. Hopefully we have learned by now that blaming is worthless, it doesn’t help, and it doesn’t solve anything. As one person said, to “blame”, is to just “be lame”.
b) Financial Agendas
Then there are other people that will try to use this crisis for financial advantage. And they will price gouge.
I saw the report of one couple in British Columbia that bought $ 100,000 worth of hand-sanitizer wipes from Costco, and sold them for $ 200,000. I checked on amazon a week ago for a 4 litre bottle of hand-sanitizer, and it is selling for $ 600.00. That is really price gouging.
c) Fake Remedies
And then there are people who will try to take advantage of people, particularly the elderly, with fake remedies. “Buy this miracle cure, buy my book. …”
Do not be deceived by online solutions. If there was a virus cure, or a virus disinfectant that was 100 % effective, we would know about it.
- Act Out Of Knowledge
Proverbs 13:16, NIV – “The prudent man always acts out of knowledge.”
A prudent person is a wise and sensible person. And they always act out of knowledge. In other words, they do not act of our fear, or out of feelings, but out of knowledge.
The Bible is repeatedly telling us to base our actions on the facts. The Bible has a lot to say about the facts. We are to base our decisions on facts – not fakes, facts – not fallacies. Facts – not faulty statistics, facts – not fads. Facts – not fantasies, facts – not fake news. Facts – not false reports, and facts – not fears or feelings.
Feelings can be highly unreliable, and fears never help.
- Get The Facts
Proverbs 18:13, LB – “What a shame – yes, it is folly – to decide before knowing the facts.”
So get the facts on the coronavirus and don’t listen to everyone who is speaking.
Proverbs 18:2, LB – “A foolish person doesn’t care about the facts. All he wants to do is yell.”
And right now, they are all yelling on social media, trying to get our attention and manipulate us to their way of thinking and feeling. The Bible calls those people foolish.
Proverbs 14:8, LB – “The wise man looks ahead. The foolish person attempts to fool himself and won’t face the facts.”
A foolish person attempts to fool himself. Why? To find some information that can feed their fears, so that they can convince themselves that their fears are justified.
Proverbs 23:23, LB – “Get the facts at any price, and hold on tightly to good sense.”
- Be People Of Faith AND Facts
What the Bible is saying is that people who trust God, people who are followers and disciples of Jesus, we should be people of faith, but we should also be people of facts.
I believe in God, because the Bible teaches it and the facts support it. I believe in creation, because the Bible teaches it and the facts support it. And in the world around us, I’m going to walk by faith, and by facts.
So, what is the first thing we need to remember, in order to be confident and courageous and calm? We need to remember: not everything I hear is true.