Thought for the Week

Last week, thinking and working through the topic of those that died in light of the Resurrection, was perhaps the hardest editing to fit the space I had had in a long time.

Digesting the lives lost, compared to the perpetrators of those deaths was hard, very hard. My humanity wanted to hate them but the love of Christ says He died for them too. The problem is they don’t know Him. I don’t know them and cannot influence the lives of the ISIS fighters and adherents.

Some also tell me it is not my duty to ‘change people’. To which I agree mostly because I can’t change people, they have to want to do it for themselves. All a guy like me can do, all you can do is present a message and then it is up to the other person to do with that message what they will.

A while back I heard the story of a former IBM manager in the early years of computers and it was something like this:-

The FUD acronym was first freely defined by Gene Amdahl after he left IBM to found his own company, Amdahl Corp, with this statement: “FUD is the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that IBM sales people instil in the minds of potential customers who might be considering Amdahl products.”

So it became a marketing term that is used to cast a shadow over a competitor’s product when your own is unable to compete. FUD is a technique often used as well by larger companies who have a large market share that they don’t want to lose to smaller companies.

The challenge is to be a positive force for the message of change in a world that is increasingly filled with the FUD factor—Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.

I am reminded of two Bible stories when I think of fear and doubts. The first is from John 6 as Jesus had sent the disciples ahead and they were out in the Sea of Galilee and here came Jesus walking on the water. Of course they were afraid, the was a great wind and then here was ‘somebody’ walking on the water. I’d have thought it was a ghost or some such. It just wasn’t normal for people to walk on the water. They had been doing what they were supposed to do and it just wasn’t working.

Then Jesus shows up to the fearful disciples and His words in verse 20 were simply: “It is I; Don’t be afraid.”

The result was that they received Him into the boat and they arrived to where they were going.

The second story is from Acts 18 and is of Paul in Corinth and he had been threatened with his life.

That night he had a vision in which the Lord spoke to him saying: “Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: for I am with then and no man shall set on you to hurt you.”

So Paul stayed for a year and a half sharing the story of the gospel.

I leave us with the thought that though we cannot change people, God can change us and keep us from the FUD factor in our own lives if we allow Him to change and work in us.

Ever growing,

Rev. Jon Bergen

Brechin Baptist Fellowship