I need your help with our next message series at Graystone.

Hey everyone.  I’m in the planning and prep stage for our next message series at Graystone.  I’m feeling led to do something around the coming Presidential Election and the state of our country.  It’s obvious that things are not going so well on a national scale.  I get email forwards all the time about the election and possible conspiracy theories.

It appears that some people are really freaking out about the state of our country and her future.  I’m leaning toward doing a series addressing people’s fears and encouraging us to put our hope and faith in God.  If you could help me with what people are feeling and thinking right now, I would really appreciate it.

So, what do you think people’s biggest fears are in 2012?

What are your biggest fears?

Please use the comments section of my blog to share your thoughts and answers.  Thanks in advance for your help.

6 replies »

  1. I think my biggest concern is terrorism. With all the violence in the middle east, it seems inevitable that it will make its way more & more to our soil. Praying that God will give us leaders that know how to handle it.

  2. I echo Mandy. And bringing it to day to day life, the safety of my husband and children while we are all in separate places during the day. If something should happen, that time until we are all together. I just have to stop thinking about it. I (we) really have no choice but to trust Him.

  3. I think people are seriously concerned about the economy and being able to keep their jobs to support their families. For those of us who have lost a job due to economy over the last few years, the recurrence of this is definitely a deep concern.
    Many people seem to be in fear of our country’s future depending on one or another candidate winning the presidency. Honestly, my fear is that politics is separating our country into 2 parties unwilling to dialogue or cooperate. And these political beliefs seem to be infiltrating our churches, equating certain political beliefs with evangelical Christian faith. This is a very dangerous road to travel for our country, and even more dangerous for our faith and our churches.

  4. My greatest concern is that Satan continues to have so many people consumed with fear, anxiety and discouragement, which is one of his most successful tools to render Christians ineffective. When we continue to keep our eyes focused on our own current circumstances we take our eyes off of the promises that God has given us and what he has commanded us to do in order for Him to bring blessings. We begin to look to other sources such as government to “fix” things. “IF my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”( 2 Chronicles 14-15.) Until Christians as a whole remember and believe that we have been given all the power, strength and boldness to change the direction of this country through our faith and obedience in Christ, God will continue to allow us to head in the direction we are currently going.

  5. Jonathan – we have a hearing problem in America. Our economy is bad, but not that bad – when you consider the rest of the world. We have more terroism within than without. Both are bad and we should be concerned.

    My biggest fear for America, and mainly the Christians of America is that we do not walk with God, and we do not listen to His voice. The biggest fear I have from the problems we have faced, is not the problem but our reaction to the problem. Many things should pull us to our knees, confession of complacency, and truly seeking God’s face.

    My biggest fear for America is the lack of personal brokenness before God – we have a hearing problem. “he that has ears – let him hear.”

  6. Pastor Howes, as I was reading in 1 Samuel, chapter 8 (NLT, Life Application Study Bible) this morning, this footnote really struck me. I thought it could very well be said of America right now, today. Thought I’d share it with you as it might help you with your message series. 🙂
    Footnote for 1 Samuel, 8:5,6 The people clamored for a king, thinking that a new system of government would bring about a change in the nation. But because their basic problem was disobedience to God, their other problems would only continue under the new administration. What they needed was a unified faith, not a uniform rule.

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